Employees are often seen resisting change for a wide variety of reasons, which fall into four categories:
- The change disrupts a status quo that is working well for people, or that they are used to.
- The change threatens them by threatening their job security, or some aspect of their job that is important to them.
- The change unexpectedly adds work or additional thinking when people are already busy with their normal work.
- The change is seen as unnecessary, or worse still, the wrong way to go. The assumption behind this is that the change will be worse for the business and/or the people impacted.
There are lots of theories about change resistance and whether some people more easily adapt to change while others don’t.