Change is now a regular occurrence in most businesses however big or small. With this comes the need to manage the change, and this is almost impossible for an individual to accomplish on their own. To put it in simple terms, organisational change is a co-ordinated shift of many individual mind-sets.
The truth that many do not realise, or choose to ignore, is that change faces many barriers and hurdles, resulting in change not having a 100% success rate. This is a result of either not being able to implement the change or not being able to sustain the change.
Barriers to Change
There are a variety of barriers to change. I have put a short list together of some of the biggest barriers I have experienced.
- Low buy-in of key stakeholders (This is really a none starter).
- Lack of leadership from heads of team/departments.
- Lack of a clear change structure or strategy.
- The change process is not broken down into easy to manage portions.
- Lack of understanding, amongst staff, about the change.
- Individual resistances are not addressed – these soon add up.
- Progress and advances are not measured, reviewed or acknowledged.
- Failure to make clear the reason for, and benefits of, the change.