Overcoming Resistance






Therisk of change isoften presumedgreater than that of standing still. This,among other reasons,is why employees resist change. The management should formulate waysof overcoming the resistance. Reading this discussion equips one withimportant tips on overcoming the resistance from employees.


Typically,people feel safer when they are certain of their future. When thatfuture becomes obscured or not well-defined due to change, it is onlyhuman instinct to resist such change. People like sticking with whatthey know and avoid what they do not. From feeling alreadyoverwhelmed, inadequate for change and lacking role models to fearfor possibly hidden agendas, people have countless reasons fordisliking change at the workplace (Schuler,2003, p.1-4).

However,the bright side of the equation is that there are some important tipsthat can go a long way in changing the attitude of resistance atworkplace among employees. The first strategy is to involve both thepeople who will be effecting the change and the ones who will beaffected. This strategy should involve addressing all personalconcerns of the parties involved. Organizational benefits should beaddressed second after all personal concerns have been ironed out.When people get wind of possible change, the first reaction is toquestion how it will affect them before considering how theorganization is affected. A reason should begivenas to why the change is necessary and a champion for the changedesignated. The manager should guarantee that the change is for thebest of the organization andthe people themselves. With the word of the manager, employees arelikely to relax and be at ease. The manager should find a way to linkthe change to other issues that people care about such as jobsecurity and health. Since people tend to be concerned more withcurrent situations than the future, the managers should takeadvantage of that. Workers should beinformedthat failure to act at the moment poses a threat and loss (Beitler,2005, p 2-3 Marker, n.d, p 1-3).


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