Published by Changefirst August 2011
The excerpt below was published online in 2009 by The Telegraph. Its message is still relevant today for dealing with resistance to change.
“The two men and a woman, plus a French manager, were held
captive for 18 hours at the Scapa adhesive factory in the south of the
country. Trade union members prevented them from leaving after
negotiations over the loss of 68 jobs collapsed on Tuesday. A trade
union representative said that the executives had been “free to wander
around the plant as they wish, but not to leave.” Police officers were
standing by so as not to inflame the situation by intimidating workers.”
Written by Peter Allen and Henry Samuel for The Telegraph 08 April 2009
It even has a name – “bossnapping,” which became quite a common occurrence. Whatever it‟s called, it certainly put a whole new spin on the word resistance. It made me think hard about resistance is the current climate. Did the layoffs, pay cuts and general economic downturn have an effect on people and their attitudes to change? It was further brought home to me when I ran a webinar on tactics to use in a cost reduction environment. When asked, “What is the biggest issue facing change agents?” a large number talked about increased employee resistance. Despite fearing for job security people were still finding ways to resist change. This must be a big issue to all change agents working hard to try and implement business-critical changes…..
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