Talk of the economic recession has seemed endless over the past year, but 2009 has marked an increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions as struggling companies looked to survive. Unfortunately for many organizations during such a transition there is a tendency to overlook what matters most, the employee.
According to a recent Mercer article “Mastering the M&A communication: Helping employees to deal with the deal” by Lea Peterson and Stella Voules, “Communication is essential when managing people issues during complex organization change,” and helps to mitigate risks such as “loss of key talent, diminished customer service and satisfaction, a lack of confidence in leadership and increased resistance to change.”
An automated onboarding solution ensures that such communication between the acquiring company and merging workforce takes place, increasing time to productivity and keeping all affected employees actively engaged. A successful onboarding process during a merger or acquisition means less anxiety and increased morale, something everyone involved can appreciate.
Onboarding was a serious concern for the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, McAfee™, when it recently acquired Secure Computing and 1,000 new employees in the process. Silkroad’s RedCarpet™ for onboarding and life events assisted with onboarding the new employees all at one time! In addition to allowing ongoing, real-time communication between their new members, RedCarpet was able to ensure the transition was seamless, maintaining a motivated and productive workforce. Check out the McAfee case study to learn more.