Humans and habits go together like bread and butter. Even when those habits are detrimental, people have a hard time altering their behaviors. This can help explain why 70% of all workplace change initiatives fail. But in today's business environment, evolution is inevitable, so individuals must constantly learn new skills, technology and procedures to be competitive.

One of the biggest obstacles to transformation is the human mind, which is hard-wired to repeat past actions. We're biologically compelled to uphold the status quo even when it's not the best option, a condition known as "repetition compulsion."

To overcome the challenge of personal change, it's helpful to understand decision-making models, such as transtheoretical and ADKAR®. Both outline a five-step process individuals must undergo to form new behavioral patterns. To effectively institute changes in the workplace, leaders must first understand the psychological journey workers take to embrace the new.

Additionally, organizations as a whole must be prepared to adapt new processes and procedures. A typical business today has experienced five major changes in the last three years, and nearly 75% expect to increase these kinds of initiatives going forward. Yesterday's methods won't pass muster in a modern landscape, leaving laggard businesses at a disadvantage when trying to compete with advanced competitor systems.

Key Takeaways

About This Report

The Human Condition and Why Change Is Hard

Change Management Models and Obstacles

How to Achieve Change Management Success

About the Publisher

Published by Paycom

Publish Date

November 2021