Employees’ Resistance to Change: Why and How to Overcome it?

EmployeeHowever, employees don’t think along the same lines. While a change can really get you, the leader, excited, don’t expect the same reaction from your employees. But why? The answer is simple. They are threatened by change. This is the reason why they try resisting change as much as possible.

Here, the question why pops up again. Why are employees threatened by change? What is it that intimidates them? Find out! Here are the reasons as well as ways for you to tackle these reasons so that you bring in change effectively:

Make them Feel Comfortable with the Change

The main reason why employees feel threatened by change is that it brings them out of their comfort zone. They have been working along the same lines for a while now and that is why they are completely comfortable with the on goings. A change can threaten that.

What should you do? You should make them feel comfortable. You should help the employees directly with this. Come up with strategies for them. Plan strategically together so that your employees feel at ease with the change. Be clear when you explain what the new tasks are going to be and how your employees must go on about it.

Go Slow

Don’t push the entire change on your employees at once. This can intimidate them endless and their performance will automatically come down. Whatever your agenda may be, go slow with it. Implement one thing at a time so that your employees are comfortable.

You can’t replace one’s routine in one go. The anxiety, fear, and worry that accompany such a sudden change can have devastating repercussions. With change, going slow is the best thing for you to do.

Ensure that they are Not Scared of Failure

With change comes the fear of failure. This fear can do very odd things to people. While some merely hesitate but continue working, others come to standstill. That can affect your business direly.

What should you do? You should help your employees face the fear and make things easier for them. Give some room for error during the transition so that your employees are not too intimidated. At least in the beginning, when everything is new, don’t let their negative performance impact their promotion opportunity and bonuses.

In short, make the learning environment safe for your employees.

Now that you know how to help your employees when there is an incoming change, your business is safer.

Entrepreneurial Learning

No one really likes changes even if they are for the better. Put yourself in your employee’s shoes and think how you’d feel if you were made to change your entire routine all of a sudden. When there is a change, keep it slow. Also, make sure that you make your employees feel comfortable about the change by helping them with it.

Change is inevitable. Change is good.

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