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An Employees Guide on How to Stay Alive after a Merger or Acquisition

An Employees Guide on How to Stay Alive after a Merger or Acquisition

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When one company acquires another, there is a set of questions that runs through the minds of employees within the merged companies. Job security is questioned and often times for good reason, as many previous employees are often laid off and left behind.  With mergers and acquisitions happening more and more frequently we have found that more employees are asking questions relating to how they can remain relevant in a new work environment.

While there is no fool proof answer to these questions, there are a few tips that have the potential to help employees caught in the middle of an acquisition stay alive and well.

Be flexible: There is a chance you will have a new manager or supervisor whose methods and mindsets in relation to conducting business will differ from what you are comfortable with and used to. Be willing to adapt to a new company culture and be ready and willing to evolve with the various changes that can occur.  Staying current in company policy and showing a desire to be ever-changing will show your new employers and coworkers that your work is of value and you are an asset to the new company culture.

Get to know your new superior: If a change in management occurs do not be shy about getting to know the man in charge (or woman).  An acquisition is a time of change and with that comes potential meetings of exclusivity. While it is common for higher up’s within a company to be naturally invited to planning meetings related to new company structure and policy, it does not always happen. By creating and maintaining positive work relationships that are mutually advantageous, you are increasing your chances of being included in meetings and are building a positive reputation among influential decision makers within the company.

Learn all you can about the company:  Be willing to learn all you can about the company that has acquired yours. Be in the know when it comes to their own corporate policies and strategy and be willing to adapt your own set of work related norms to fit into theirs. This will show that have a desire to evolve with the company.

Focus on the quality of your work:  An acquisition is not the time to rebel against company standards. If you want to survive the possible rounds of layoffs, then it is imperative to maintain a high quality of work. Show your new employers that you are indeed an asset that should be kept on their team.

With these few tips, you can show a new employer or supervisor that you are worth holding onto. Mergers and acquisitions are happening everyday across the U.S. and while they are an intimidating process, there are people that can help. If you are a company owner looking for further business tips in relation to a mergers and acquisitions, please contact us at Stock Connections – We will help you manage your upcoming merger or acquisition in an appropriately strategic manner.

 

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