Reasons and Motives to Resist Change

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Marten van der Zee
Analyst, Netherlands

Reasons and Motives to Resist Change

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?


David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Reasons for Resistance to Change

8. FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH (We have already tried this before and it did not work before and it will no... Sign up

Harry Whitney, United States

On 4. Personal Disadvantage

This basically means the perception is: "I have a stronger motivation not to change". The total of ... Sign up

Jan Vermeulen
Manager, South Africa

Reasons for Resistance to Change

I agree with 12. and 13. The change will negatively impact business - no clear understanding of impa... Sign up

Philip Jehu
Accountant, Nigeria

Causes of Resistance to Change

17. CHANGE AGENT APPROACH: the manner of approach (attitude) of the change agent is also very import... Sign up

Management Consultant, Belgium

Resistance to Change is not Always for Personal Reasons

Change" is the consequence of implementing "a solution" to solve "a problem". So people resist beca... Sign up

Peter Kaepernick
Strategy Consultant, Germany

Reasons not to Change

The fact is, change is constant and will take place all the time. With or without fear, guilt, threa... Sign up

Haragopal, India

Reasons for Resistence to Change

I agree with 12. 13 and 14, the main reason for resistence comes from a lack of understanding the im... Sign up

HUPIN, France

Reasons for Resistance to Change

19. LAW OF ARCHIMEDES: Resistance to change can be compared to Archimedes' principle (Editor: law of... Sign up

Accountant, Botswana

On Motives to Resist Change #6: Threat

A particular relevant form of this motive to resist chjange is when the change might render my job o... Sign up

Ramesh Victor
Management Consultant, Malaysia

Why People Resist Change

In my experience people resist change for two reasons: I. Aptitude problem. This is where the perso... Sign up

Leena Bissoonauth
Student (University), Mauritius

Reasons for Resistance for Change

I would like to contribute the below reasons for resistance for change since I have just completed t... Sign up

Juan Perez Eras, Mexico

On Motives for Resistance to Change #8: Flavour of the Month

@David Wilson : I agree and would like to suggest a variant of your Flavour of the Month: 20. LACK ... Sign up

Analyst, Ukraine

Motive for Resistance to Change: Uncertainty

Similar to #7 (Doubt) we could also use the term UNCERTAINTY. Changes lead to uncertainty and uncer... Sign up

FAYEZ, Saudi Arabia

Most Important is what THEY Believe

21. CONFLICTING VALUES / BELIEVES. In case that the change is in conflict with personal believes, re... Sign up

Gabriel Lira
Manager, Mexico

This List of Motives for Reistance to Change is Important to me

The situation that I have in my plant is a high resistance to change in all levels. So I am going to... Sign up

Fareed Ezz
Analyst, Saudi Arabia

Is it a Cause or Just an Excuse?

I would like to highlight the importance to distinguish between causes and excuses; you can hear a l... Sign up

Lenore Miller
Student (MBA), United States

Causes of Resistance to Change: Not Engaging the People Affected via True Dialogue

@Haragopal : I agree that NOT ENGAGING the people affected by a future change during the design phas... Sign up

edward sevume

The Notion of Change and Human Motivation

@Lenore Miller : While reading all of these wonderful contributions to the MOTIVES to resist change,... Sign up

HR Consultant, Nigeria

Causes and Motives to Resist Change

Similar to @Philip Jehu (17. Change Agent Approach), we can add: 22. CHANGE AGENT CREDIBILITY. Cred... Sign up

Juan Jauregui
Professor, Mexico

Neuroscience Explanation for Resistance to Change

23. NEUROSCIENCE EXPLANATION. A neuroscience hypothesis is that there is a natural resistance of the... Sign up

Dr. Francis G. Adjei
Lecturer, Ghana

Motives for Resistance to Change also Depend on Region

The points raised in this discourse are very rich and real. In Africa, in view of widespread povert... Sign up

Goran Stille, Sweden

Reasons for Resistance to Change

@David Wilson: I am curious about your thinking pattern as you create "a list of reasons to resist c... Sign up

Heidi Mureau
Management Consultant, Australia

Control, Slight or Envy, and Sabotage

This group has compiled an impressive list of change resistance drivers. I would add a few human fac... Sign up

David Wilson
Manager, Canada

Resistance - Reasons and Values

@Goran Stille : if people understand the reasons or causes of change, they may be better prepared to... Sign up

Fauzi Arif
Manager, Indonesia

No. 4: Personal Disadvantage

Will no. 4 personal disadvantage (financially...) be a reason also for a person who is in self-estee... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Why This List of Motives for Resistance to Change?

@Goran Stille: thank you for your question - why this list? This list (of motives for resistance to... Sign up

Fathi Ben Amer
Management Consultant, Libya

On Motives for Resistance to Change #4: Personal Disadvantage

Implementing change in organizations means gains for some people, and a loss to others. Hence, thos... Sign up

edward sevume

Why This List and the Importance of Networking

@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): Thank you for the answer regarding this list of motives for resisting chang... Sign up

kapukha patrick, Kenya

Effects of Organization's Change Process to Staff

Note that any organizational change may affect four pillars of staff: their competencies, control, c... Sign up

HR Consultant, India

One Obvious and Missed Out Cause of Resistance to Change

24 SHEER LAZINESS (inertia / complacency / sluggishness). This is another big culprit. One may see... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Layers of Resistance to Change (Goldratt)

Also take a look at Goldratt's 5 Layers of Resistance: 1. Raising problems having one thing in comm... Sign up

debahooti basu
Teacher, India

These Reasons for Resistance to Change are Perceptions

Note that most or all of these reasons are (subjective) perceptions by people/employees. I feel tha... Sign up

Janice Johnson-Lorde
Lecturer, Trinidad and Tobago

Resistance to Change

Resistance may be disagreement with the change focus and purpose. Where it is felt that the cost ben... Sign up

Jean-Marc Guillemette, Canada

Resistance is an Emotional Reaction!

@Verbeeck: some people affected by change have trouble understanding proposed solutions, either beca... Sign up

Kathy Hevey
Management Consultant, United States

Resist the Risk of Failure

Consider it's not "the change" that people resist... What they resist is giving up who they are and ... Sign up

edward sevume

Motives to Resist Change: 'Know Thy People'

@Kathy Hevey: Thanks Kathy for that insightful contribution. One thing that emanates from what you a... Sign up

Management Consultant, Belgium

One More Reason to Resist Change to Add to the List...

25. LACK OF SUCCESSES / RESULTS. When it takes too long to see positive results, people tend to get ... Sign up

Juan Perez Eras, Mexico

Lack of Success Because of no Evaluation of Changes

@Eric Verbeeck: It's not cost-effective to wait for getting long-term results. Leaders should evalu... Sign up

Fareed Ezz
Analyst, Saudi Arabia

One More Reason to Change Resistance

26. Parental Control Allergy. Some people resist certain changes just because it reminds them of the... Sign up

Chloe Xu
Director, Australia

Major Reasons for Change Resistance

People's resistance to change indeed attributes to countless reasons. Many however centre around a n... Sign up

Vidyut chandra Patange
Management Consultant, India

Reason for not Changing: Lack of Flexibility

Organization normally have human factor we'll set in working for long long time and do not want new ... Sign up


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