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What is Resistance To Change?

 , updated on March 22, 2021
Resistance to change is a lack of employee support for a strategy that ranges from low engagement to active attempts to derail a program, project or initiative. It is generally considered to be a common organizational behavior that has several root causes:

1. Leadership

In many cases, resistance to change is strongest when leadership fails to engage employees in decision making processes or to communicate the business urgency behind a strategy. Ideally, leaders are able to build a sense of excitement and urgency for change that reduces resistance.

2. Status Quo

There is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have been in the past and fear change.

3. Politics

Change may be resisted for political reasons such as power struggles within an organization.

4. Job Security

One of the primary motivations for resisting change is the fear that it threatens an employee's future employment opportunities. Organizations can reduce such fears by offering training and career planning that offers a clear path to the career opportunities driven by change.

5. Organizational Confidence

Employees that have witnessed failed attempts at change or frequent strategy changes that seem to lead to nowhere may be skeptical of change.

Change Resistance

This is the complete list of articles we have written about change resistance.
Agents Of Change
Change
Change Fatigue
Change Impact
Change Management
Change Planning
Change Principles
Change Risk
Change Strategy
Corporate Culture
Defeatism
Extrinsic Rewards
Groupthink
Intrinsic Reward
Mediocrity
Motivation
Pessimism
Reactance
Resistance To Change
Risk Tolerance
Shared Experience
Social Status
Stakeholder
Stakeholder Salience
Status Quo
Strategy
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Initial Excitement vs Resistance To Change

A comparison of two phases of change.

Change Resistance

The common types of resistance to change.

Change Fatigue

An overview of organizational change fatigue.

Status Quo

The definition of status quo with examples.

Change Management Examples

An overview of change management with examples.

Business Change

A list of common business changes.

Change Risk

An overview of change risk with a list of examples.

Change Management Process

A list of steps for change management.

Change Principles

The first principles of change.

Change Planning

An overview of the change planning process with examples.

Change Impact

A list of common change impacts.

Agents Of Change

An overview of agents of change with a list of examples.

Impact Analysis

An overview of impact analysis with examples.

Emergent Change

A comparison of emergent and planned change.

Project Risk

A list of common project risks.

Project Risk

A list of common project risks.

Project Stakeholder

A list of common project stakeholders.

Business Risks

A list of common business risks.

Risk vs Issue

The difference between a risk and an issue.

Risk Treatment

The five things that can be done about risk.

Secondary Risk

The definition of secondary risk with examples.

Risk Register

A guide to creating a risk register with an example.

Risk Perception

A definition of risk perception with examples.

Implementation

The common types of implementation.

Project Risk Management

A reasonably complete guide to project risk management.
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