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Somebody once said The only one who likes change is a wet baby Mariotti 1996 p 30 We as human beings are always resistant to change if we are comfortable with surroundings and ourselves We do not like to be challenged with change because of fear of the unknown Resistance is a natural reaction to change Maurer 1996 p 75 In order to fully change an individuals style of thinking and working we must understand the theory and techniques in order to break down the barrier of resistanceThere are several reasons for resistance to change from employees These reasons include fear of the unknown threatening job security bad timing lack of resources no personal gain and fear of incompetence Individuals that are resistant to change fear the unknown when they do not know how it will affect their lives and the changes it will bring The perceived threat to job security is a factor that will cause resistance People who think that the change may cause them to lose their job will oppose it Bad timing also plays a major role in the sense that temporary circumstances may suggest that change should be postponed At many times corporations may be unsuccessful with change because of lack of resources This includes skills abilities finances knowledge and staff needed to implement the change Employees may also be resistant because they have no perception of personal gain with the change People who think that change will not benefit them personally and fairly are certain to resist it And last but not least one of most important resisters to change is fear of incompetence Some people may fear they will not be able to handle the new job requirements Grimaud 1994The real cause of reengineering failure is not the resistance to change itself but inability of management to deal with it Achieving change means responding to key factors including emotions like fear and anger which drive human beings behavior
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