success-300x225By Mike Beier, ContXt CEO – Doubt and uncertainty can easily overtake employees when organizations merge. Clearly outlining how employees can get jobs with the newly formed company and successfully continue their careers can help ease those fears on an integration’s first day.

ContXt Corporation recently worked with a large U.S. corporation to establish a talent staffing process for review by employees on day one of the integration. Corporate staff levels – individual contributors, mid-level leaders and executives – were staffed using different processes. Managers were given a discussion guide to help talk with those who would need to go through a clearly defined five-step process to apply for jobs along with a visual explanation for each employee.

By taking this upfront approach immediately, companies can ensure there will be stability with the new organization. Otherwise, workforce doubts and uncertainties can manifest themselves and threaten the newfound organization’s cohesion from the start.

Corporate Staffing Process

ContXt developed visuals and discussion guides for managers to hold 15- to 20-minute small group meetings with employees to go over the five-step process. They explained that each function would be notified when the process would start for them, and that employees would get instructions on how to create their online accounts and candidate profiles.

Training webinars also were available so employees could prepare for interviews.

Smooth Transition

Establishing a talent staffing process after a merger is critical to the new organization’s success. That way, employees know what they must do to secure a job as the organization looks to retain the best candidates from the combined workforce pool.

After going through the work it takes to accomplish a merger, it only makes sense to make clear to employees what is next for them.

Has your organization recently gone through a merger? If so, how did employees find out how the new organization would be staffed? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Mike Beier is the founder and chief executive officer of ContXt Corporation, a management consulting firm based in suburban Toledo, Ohio. ContXt helps organizations achieve strategic objectives by translating big concepts – including strategic plans, culture shifts and process changes – into engaging learning experiences. At the end of the day, we help get employees at every level on the same page to achieve strategic objectives. For more information about ContXt, please visit contxtcorp.com.