HR Strategy

Managing Resistance to Change

Change is something that every company goes through, but for women and other minorities, it can also introduce a new level of discomfort or uncertainty. During periods of growth, change can be exciting as it opens up opportunities for diverse staff members when traditional management searches for new talent are able to help sustain the growth. However, when the company suffers cutbacks, you can expect a much different reaction especially among newer staff, including minority professionals and women hoping to continue working on an upward career path.

Staff members need to know why the change is happening and how it will affect their work environment and careers. Naturally, the most important question on their minds is job security. The volatility of the economy makes it an imperative to reassure employees that their jobs are secure. Talk with them; let them know that the change is happening and answer all pertinent questions. In addition, women and minority professionals nee...

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