Let’s face it, change is hard. Sometimes, it is seems nearly impossible. Yet with all of this in mind, we know that in today’s world of disruptive, 24/7 change, responding well to this change is critical to our success. Like it or not, change is a big part of life and in these times of constant change, things are changing as fast as they ever have.
As you struggle with your leadership teams, employees, donors, or just with yourself to try to shift your thinking regarding change, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of the reasons people work so hard to resist change.
Here are the 4 main reason that people resist change:
Change can seem like an unfair imposition on their territory. The fact is that people want to control their own turf. They need to exert control over their immediate surroundings, and want to feel like they have a say in their own future. Like it or not, human beings are territorial and we want some sense of power over it.
Misunderstanding or a Lack of Trust
When people don’t understand something, they will naturally resist it. Just because you see why you need to change, it doesn’t mean that they will. You must realize that you have knowledge that they do not. You need to make sure that you are helping them understand all the issues and options.
Differing Ways of Assessing Things
People have opinions. They may see that the cost as being greater than the benefits. As a supervisor, you might not think much of where the break room is located. But as a secretary, it could be very important. That’s just a small example of how different issues and policies mean different things to different people. Remember, everyone sees things from a different perspective.
People Lack Confidence in the Decision-Making Process
Sometimes people don’t believe all the relevant information has been included in the process, or they don’t trust the person in charge of implementing the change. If they are not confident that the cost is worth it, they will fight against it. The key here is to be sure they are aware or involved in the process.
Knowing WHY they are fighting change is half the battle. Most people struggle with change, so you need to figure out why they are uncomfortable. When that happens, you can focus on what really matters, which is becoming the person or organization that you were meant to be.
Try to figure out which of these applies to you and figure out how to overcome it. If you can do that, you will be well on your way to being transformed to accept change.