Surviving the M&A

Open, honest communication – even if the news is bad – goes a long way in helping employees through mergers and acquisitions
By Sandra Gabriel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

Corporations enter into mergers and acquisitions in an effort to grow the company, acquire clients or increase profits. While M&As may result in greater market share for these companies, it’s important to be aware of the employees’ perspective.

M&As can be a time of confusion and uncertainty for workers, reducing employee morale and threatening the success of the M&A.

“Potentially dangerous things could be happening that you’re unaware of, not anticipating, or even ignoring on the employee level,” says Dan Stockdale, author of