Nurturing Resilience: The Vital Role of HR Business Partners in Combatting Change Fatigue

Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs) are crucial as fatigue detectors; their ability to identify and address change fatigue is invaluable in maintaining a healthy work environment.

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Change is inevitable and often disruptive in the dynamic landscape of modern business. The new normal is rapidly adapting to market shifts, technological advancements, or organizational restructuring, sometimes simultaneously. Change is a constant force shaping the trajectory of companies worldwide. However, a silent adversary often emerges amidst these transformations: change fatigue.

Change fatigue manifests as a collective weariness and resentment towards seemingly continual changes and an uncertain future within an organization. People can become overwhelmed by never gaining a sense of normalcy and understanding of how they are expected to perform well when the rules and ways of the game are in constant flux.  Change fatigue erodes employee morale, diminishes productivity, and undermines the success of strategic initiatives. Recognizing and addressing this challenge is paramount for fostering a resilient workforce capable of adapting and thriving in the face of change. Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs) are crucial as fatigue detectors; their ability to identify and address change fatigue is invaluable in maintaining a healthy work environment.

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Our experienced Apeiron consultants work with business owners and HRBPs to help them develop change resilience as an organizational competency.  Register to join other HRBPs and Hosted by Apeiron’s Lisa Alexander and Andy Dix on June 7, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).  Our 90 minute interactive group discussion is free and open to any interested HRBPs.  Register HERE.

Understanding the HRBP Role

HRBPs serve as strategic partners to business leaders, bridging the gap between management objectives and employee needs. They possess a holistic understanding of the organization’s goals, culture, and workforce dynamics. By leveraging their expertise in human capital management, HRBPs play a pivotal role in driving organizational change initiatives while safeguarding employee well-being.

Identifying the Impact of Change Fatigue

  • What are the main contributing factors that create change fatigue?
  • What are the symptoms of change fatigue?
  • How are you managing your change fatigue if you have these symptoms?
  • What are the impacts of not managing change fatigue?

Proactive Strategies to Combat Change Fatigue and Nurture Resilience

  • How can HRBP’s be effective and transparent communicators?
  • Which change management pro-tips are helpful in fatigue prevention?
  • What can an HRBP do to encourage resilience?
  • What are proven ways for HRBPs to gain real-time feedback from people impacted by changes?
  • How can an HRBP champion resilience and raise awareness of change fatigue to senior management?
  • What would you want to include in a change resilience and fatigue prevention program?
  • How have you collaborated with other departments to address change fatigue effectively?


In a business landscape characterized by volatility and uncertainty, the ability to adapt to change is a competitive advantage. HRBPs play a central role in fostering a resilient workforce capable of embracing change with confidence and agility. By proactively addressing change fatigue through transparent communication, effective change management, and a focus on employee well-being, HRBPs can ensure that organizations not only survive but thrive amidst change. Embracing this role is not just a strategic imperative but a testament to the human-centric approach that defines successful organizations in the 21st century.  

We hope you can join us for this idea and best practices sharing with other HRBPs at Apeiron’s First Friday.  We will post a summary of some of the insights we discuss in a future article.

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About the Authors: Andy Dix

Andy Dix is president of AD Growth Advisors, a member of Apeiron Network, a board certified executive coach, and an international expert in Reiss Motivation Profile and the Science of Motivation. Andy has served in executive level roles over 17 years in a Fortune 100 telecommunications company, and is the author of “Life Matches: Fire Up Your Life!”. He is a facilitator and ThinkTank Member at The Institute for Postindustrial Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. Andy specializes in helping people improve their self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, and professional effectiveness. He is a certified advanced Prosci change manager and performance improvement specialist. Andy holds a Master of Science degree in telecommunications-business management with a focus on leadership, Indiana University.

About the Authors: Lisa Alexander 

Lisa Alexander is the founder of Langham Leadership, an independent firm specializing in leadership training and executive coaching.  Her expertise in facilitation and coaching helps her guide leaders who need to fine-tune their “power-skills”, otherwise known as “soft-skills”, so they can strengthen relationships, increase confidence, and change the culture of organizations, to improve performance and drive business results. Lisa has a BA in Organizational Leadership from Anderson University and is a Certified John Maxwell trainer, coach and DISC consultant, and is honored to have received her coaching training from Valerie Burton, CEO of The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute.

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