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When there is a merger with two companies, some of the employees might decide to find another job. They might fear that the pay will decrease or that routines might change. Instead of having faith in the company, they tend to use the fear as a way to leave. As an employer, there are a few ways that you can retain the most employees so that you have a stable workforce dedicated to success.
Pay Attention
There will likely be a significant amount of anxiety from your employees. Talk to them before the merger to find out what they think and how you can make the transition easier. Try to let employees have a say in the way that the new business is designed as employers from the other half of the merger will probably be doing the same thing with their workers. When you focus on treating your employees like people, then you'll see positive results.
Offer Incentives
Consider offering an incentive for those who stay with the business, especially if they have to travel farther to get to work. A corporate attorney can draw up the paperwork so that the incentives offered are set in place in a legal manner, reassuring your employees that they won't lose their benefits. Healthcare coverage and vacation time could also be included in the incentives offered. An attorney, like those at Carter West, may be a good person to consult with any legality questions as you offer incentives and try to make the merge as smooth as possible.
Be Available
Don't sit back and just let the merger take place while you do paperwork. You need to be present in every decision that is made. Employees need to see that you're taking part in the merger just like they have to pack up their offices or pack the business so that materials can be taken to the new company. Keep your door open for employees to talk to you, and get your hands dirty with packing and moving.
Before you complete the merge, offer training so that employees will know about new tasks that they need to perform. If they understand that there won't be a significant amount of work that will be different, then you're going to retain more employees. When employees see that the daily routine will completely change, then you're probably going to have more people leave the company. They need to see structure instead of disorder.
Merging two companies can be a good idea if it goes as planned. Communication is key when it comes to keeping employees. Offer assistance and incentives so that employees don't see big changes just because two business are coming together.

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