By Marc Empey
A company’s success is due, in large part, to the quality of the people under its employ. Companies looking to acquire other businesses know that and measure their interest accordingly. Palm Springs mergers and acquisitions firms can guide you through this difficult time. Here are 5 things to think about as you prepare your business for acquisition:
Assess Your Work Force
Mergers and acquisitions usually bring a lot of upheaval and discord along with it. Evaluating your staff and cultivating the team you plan to retain is a difficult task, but it is one that must be done sooner rather than later. Align your team with the structure potential buyers use and assess your work force needs.
Work closely with your management team to level-set appropriately. Be aware that there will be attrition from the talent pool and management layers, as is common during mergers and acquisitions. Work with select leadership to keep them in place, not only to firmly place them as part of the process, but also to show their respective teams a level of structure.
Change Is Good
Restructuring may create new roles and responsibilities. Being flexible to those changes will keep the team fluid and anticipatory rather than resistant.
Cross Training is Key
It is always important to cross train your employees where possible. This creates employees who are able to perform in the cross-functional teams that might be necessary in a merger or acquisition. Outgoing, well-rounded employees will serve best on cross-functional teams. They will be open to discussion about the way that the company used to operate and will adopt the new method easily as well.
As soon as the rumors of change begin until the dust finally settles, your employees will live in a state of flux. Their concern over their future may bring stress into their lives that did not exist before. This stress may manifest itself in low morale or low productivity. Maintain an open flow of communication within them to illustrate that you are all in it together. Be as open and honest with them as you can be.
Nothing will take the uncertainty of mergers and acquisitions away, but Palm Springs corporate attorneys are here to help businesses through. Palm Springs’ corporate law firm understands the pressures that leadership is under and strives to lighten the load.