Even under the best of circumstances, human beings struggle with change in the workplace. Much of this is due to the fact that workplace change typically involves a fundamental alteration of the methods and procedures with which we have become comfortable. This in turn can make us bitter and resistant. We may lose our perspective and our ability to perceive our situation accurately. We may tell ourselves “we’re no good” at what we do anymore. Or, we may think we’d be better off in a different workplace and quit.
It is very common for people to dwell on the “good old days” to the point where they reject a new direction or method altogether–leading to a whole different set of problems between employees and co-workers and employees and supervisors.
Many organizations address this reality by offering training that helps employees reflect honestly on how change affects them emotionally, psychologically and physically. These employees can then build on their increased awareness and develop specific strategies to meet the needs underlying their personal reaction to change.