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The Change stage is where new things occur, and it can be exciting. It is in this stage where people start to see change and start to slowly adapt. You, of course, will have people that tried very hard to not embrace the change, and it’s important to know that, much like the Change process, peoples’ acceptance will not happen overnight. Think of it as a grieving process, and as we know there are different stages.

The Change Curve, as described by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross shows the various stages in which a person goes through when they have experienced a change and loss.

You can see that there are four stages, the first being Status Quo, which simply put means that people are in denial, the second stage is Disruption which includes anger and fear, the third stage is Exploration where acceptance starts to happen, and the fourth and final stage is Rebuilding where commitment takes place.

It is important to understand that not everyone will go through these stages at the same pace, some may go through the mental process quickly verses others that may take some time. It is also important to understand and accept that unfortunately, some may get stuck on stage two which will result in them leaving the organization. With Change, expect a bit of turnover. Remember what I said before, you will not be able to make everyone happy.

Hayley Buonopane


Hayley Buonopane

With nearly two decades in the Human Resources field, Hayley is a subject matter expert with a specialty in workplace planning and development, employee relations, organizational development, and talent acquisition....

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