Bhumi sat down to talk with Barry Flack to discuss the resisted changes in HR and businesses.
Barry works with organisations on an assortment of problems to find resolutions. Barry wrote a blog in October 2018, called ‘Changing HR’ which looked at the idea of us being addicted to HR solutions which do not seem to be working.
Resistances to change in HR & business teams
Barry highlights that businesses are facing a series of problems from upscaling to introduction of tech and more, all within a complex market, but are often looking at solutions that do not adequately address all of these complexities.
Barry argues these failings are resulting in disengaged employees and leading to unproductivity. Barry’s aim is to challenge this approach and make companies re-look at how they solve the problems they may be facing.
Tips for implementing new technology
Barry discusses the idea that fundamentally people are not resistant to change, but are instead resisting the methodology behind the change. They worry that they do not have the right skills to manage the change in work, pay/hours etc.
We need to empower employees and give people the right tools to do their jobs, rather than dictate change.
Barry feels that part of the problem comes from a place of insecurity from HR, whereby they worry about their relevance within the business. Another issue businesses face is that we still want instant solutions to problems. Businesses invest in a new technology and immediately expect results. Human beings do not like uncertainty, which there will always be with any new change. To combat this, businesses need to strive for maximum ‘buy in’ from employees, rather than ‘this will be done to you’.
Often initiatives for change come from further up the hierarchy within a business. People that often do not have the day to day knowledge of how different teams are working and this can often lead to resistance.
We need to change this traditional view and look to challenge the parts that don’t work. Before adopting new technology, you need to look at the current systems you have in place and review these first.
To watch the conversation in full, please take a watch of the below video.
Here are the links to blogs discussed in the video: