Reasons and Motives to Resist Change

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Reasons and Motives to Resist Change
Marten van der Zee, Student (University), Netherlands, Premium Member
I'm trying to collect a list of all motives for resistance to change by employees.
Henk Kleijn and Fred Rorink in their book 'Change management' indicate that there are multiple psychological motives for showing resistance by employees or managers during a 'change':
1. FEARS (I don't know if I can handle in practice...)
2. GUILT (I can't do that to my colleagues... (to cooperate)
3. ALIENATION (The change can't replace me...)
4. PERSONAL DISADVANTAGE (Financially I'm going to receive less than before...)
5. NEED (The change does not correspond with what I want)
6. THREAT (Due to the change, my position in the company gets weaker...)
7. DOUBTS (I don't know what risks are involved...)
Any further suggestions / improvements?...Sign up

Reasons for Resistance to Change
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, Premium Member
8. FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH (We have already tried this before and it did not work before and it will not work now...)
9. TOO MANY CHANGES (There are...Sign up

On 4. Personal Disadvantage
Harry Whitney
This basically means the perception is: "I have a stronger motivation not to change".
The total of satisfaction, status and money in the current ...Sign up

Reasons for Resistance to Change
Jan Vermeulen, Manager, South Africa, Member
I agree with 12. and 13. The change will negatively impact business - no clear understanding of impact
A variant of 8. Flavour of the month is:Sign up

Causes of Resistance to Change
Philip Jehu, Accountant, Nigeria, Member
17. CHANGE AGENT APPROACH: the manner of approach (attitude) of the change agent is also very important.
For example even if the change could be ...Sign up

Resistance to Change is not Always for Personal Reasons
Verbeeck, Management Consultant, Belgium, Member
Change" is the consequence of implementing "a solution" to solve "a problem".
So people resist because:
A. They don't understand the prob...Sign up

Reasons not to Change
Peter Kaepernick, Strategy Consultant, Germany, Member
The fact is, change is constant and will take place all the time. With or without fear, guilt, threats or doubts....Sign up

Reasons for Resistence to Change
Haragopal, Director, India, Member
I agree with 12. 13 and 14, the main reason for resistence comes from a lack of understanding the importance of change.
Though most of the time, ...Sign up

Reasons for Resistance to Change
19. LAW OF ARCHIMEDES: Resistance to change can be compared to Archimedes' principle (Editor: law of physics stating that the upward buoyant force exe...Sign up

On Motives to Resist Change #6: Threat
Modekets, Accountant, Botswana, Member
A particular relevant form of this motive to resist chjange is when the change might render my job obsolete (there is a high possibility of me losing ...Sign up

Why People Resist Change
Ramesh Victor, Management Consultant, Malaysia, Member
In my experience people resist change for two reasons:
I. Aptitude problem. This is where the person does not have the skill needed to mak...Sign up

Reasons for Resistance for Change
Leena Bissoonauth, Student (University), Mauritius, Member
I would like to contribute the below reasons for resistance for change since I have just completed this module in my diploma in HRM.
1. Misunders...Sign up

On Motives for Resistance to Change #8: Flavour of the Month
Juan Perez Eras, Accountant, Mexico, Member
@David Wilson : I agree and would like to suggest a variant of your Flavour of the Month:
20. LACK OF MANAGEME...Sign up

Motive for Resistance to Change: Uncertainty
Tykhonenko, Analyst, Ukraine, Member
Similar to #7 (Doubt) we could also use the term UNCERTAINTY.
Changes lead to uncertainty and uncertainty leads to risks. People do not like addi...Sign up

Most Important is what THEY Believe
FAYEZ, Management Consultant, Saudi Arabia, Member
21. CONFLICTING VALUES / BELIEVES. In case that the change is in conflict with personal believes, religious convictions, values or otherwise ethically...Sign up

This List of Motives for Reistance to Change is Important to me
Gabriel Lira, Manager, Mexico, Member
The situation that I have in my plant is a high resistance to change in all levels. So I am going to take this list of motives to resist change very s...Sign up

Is it a Cause or Just an Excuse?
Fareed Ezz, Analyst, Saudi Arabia, Member
I would like to highlight the importance to distinguish between causes and excuses; you can hear a lot of excuses for not willing to change, but the r...Sign up

Causes of Resistance to Change: Not Engaging the People Affected via True Dialogue
Lenore Miller, Student (MBA), United States, Member
@Haragopal : I agree that NOT ENGAGING the people affected by a future change during the design phase of change is ...Sign up

The Notion of Change and Human Motivation
edward sevume, Sweden, Member
@Lenore Miller : While reading all of these wonderful contributions to the MOTIVES to resist change, I reflected ab...Sign up

Causes and Motives to Resist Change
TEMILADE OKE, HR Consultant, Nigeria, Member
Similar to @Philip Jehu (17. Change Agent Approach), we can add:
22. CHANGE AGENT CREDIBILITY. Credibility of ...Sign up

Neuroscience Explanation for Resistance to Change
Juan Jauregui, Professor, Mexico, Member
23. NEUROSCIENCE EXPLANATION. A neuroscience hypothesis is that there is a natural resistance of the brain to re-learn.
The brain has to create m...Sign up

Motives for Resistance to Change also Depend on Region
Dr. Francis G. Adjei, Lecturer, Ghana, Member
The points raised in this discourse are very rich and real.
In Africa, in view of widespread poverty and high dependency ratio, job security and ...Sign up

Reasons for Resistance to Change
Goran Stille
@David Wilson: I am curious about your thinking pattern as you create "a list of reasons to resist change". How do ...Sign up

Control, Slight or Envy, and Sabotage
Heidi Mureau, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
This group has compiled an impressive list of change resistance drivers. I would add a few human factors that have little or nothing to do with the wo...Sign up

Resistance - Reasons and Values
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, Premium Member
@Goran Stille : if people understand the reasons or causes of change, they may be better prepared to respond to res...Sign up

No. 4: Personal Disadvantage
Fauzi Arif, Manager, Indonesia, Member
Will no. 4 personal disadvantage (financially...) be a reason also for a person who is in self-esteem in Sign up

Why This List of Motives for Resistance to Change?
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Goran Stille: thank you for your question - why this list?
This list (of motives for resistance to change) wa...Sign up

On Motives for Resistance to Change #4: Personal Disadvantage
Fathi Ben Amer, Management Consultant, Libya, Member
Implementing change in organizations means gains for some people, and a loss to others.
Hence, those not benefiting from a change of the status q...Sign up

Why This List and the Importance of Networking
edward sevume, Sweden, Member
@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): Thank you for the answer regarding this list of motives for resisting change and the impor...Sign up

Effects of Organization's Change Process to Staff
kapukha patrick
Note that any organizational change may affect four pillars of staff: their competencies, control, comfort, and confidence can either be threatened or...Sign up

One Obvious and Missed Out Cause of Resistance to Change
Kalindi, HR Consultant, India, Member
24 SHEER LAZINESS (inertia / complacency / sluggishness). This is another big culprit.
One may see the benefits of change but may not be very wi...Sign up

Layers of Resistance to Change (Goldratt)
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Also take a look at Goldratt's 5 Layers of Resistance:
1. Raising problems having one thing in common its out of our hands.
2. Arguing th...Sign up

These Reasons for Resistance to Change are Perceptions
debahooti basu, Teacher, India, Member
Note that most or all of these reasons are (subjective) perceptions by people/employees.
I feel th...Sign up

Resistance to Change
Janice Johnson-Lorde, Student (MBA), Trinidad and Tobago, Member
Resistance may be disagreement with the change focus and purpose. Where it is felt that the cost benefit is to the disadvantage to the majority, one m...Sign up

Resistance is an Emotional Reaction!
Jean-Marc Guillemette, Canada, Member
@Verbeeck: some people affected by change have trouble understanding proposed solutions, either because of how they...Sign up

Resist the Risk of Failure
Kathy Hevey, Management Consultant, United States, Member
Consider it's not "the change" that people resist... What they resist is giving up who they are and how their world as been; they resist the chaos of ...Sign up

Motives to Resist Change: 'Know Thy People'
edward sevume, Sweden, Member
@Kathy Hevey: Thanks Kathy for that insightful contribution. One thing that emanates from what you are saying is th...Sign up

One More Reason to Resist Change to Add to the List...
Verbeeck, Management Consultant, Belgium, Member
25. LACK OF SUCCESSES / RESULTS. When it takes too long to see positive results, people tend to get discouraged and go back to their old habits. There...Sign up

Lack of Success Because of no Evaluation of Changes
Juan Perez Eras, Accountant, Mexico, Member
@Eric Verbeeck: It's not cost-effective to wait for getting long-term results. Leaders should evaluate the results...Sign up

One More Reason to Change Resistance
Fareed Ezz, Analyst, Saudi Arabia, Member
26. Parental Control Allergy. Some people resist certain changes just because it reminds them of their ...Sign up

Major Reasons for Change Resistance
Chloe Xu, Australia, Premium Member
People's resistance to change indeed attributes to countless reasons. Many however centre around a negative reaction that occurs when individuals feel...Sign up

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