What is Resistance To Change?
John Spacey, 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. LeadershipIn 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 QuoThere is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have been in the past and fear change.
3. PoliticsChange may be resisted for political reasons such as power struggles within an organization.
4. Job SecurityOne 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 ConfidenceEmployees that have witnessed failed attempts at change or frequent strategy changes that seem to lead to nowhere may be skeptical of change.
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