Put change gurus to work (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/21/2002

Whether it’s introducing new processes or restructuring following mergers or downsizings, getting employees to change their ways is often a frustrating exercise for HR professionals.

Because so many HR and corporate initiatives flop due to employee intransigence, consultants and authors have discovered advising employers on change strategies is a lucrative business. HR professionals are all too familiar with corporate mergers that disappoint when it comes to meeting objectives because required changes are not accepted by the divergent workforces brought together.

How difficult is it to get people to change? Canada is about to find out. Meeting the Kyoto Accord’s targets for greenhouse gas reductions will require a behavioural shift of seismic proportions from Canadians.