How to consider the org chart during mergers and acquisitions

When the M&A process creates uncertainty for employees, it’s on you to communicate clearly by considering the org chart and nailing the internal announcement.

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When one company acquires or merges with another, there’s bound to be a lot of questions from the staff about how the changes will impact their roles. Will there be adjustments in the organizational chart and reporting structure? How can you ensure that you’re rolling things out properly? These are issues that need to be accounted for during a merger by the comms department.

With so many different stakeholders to answer to during the process, communications plays as important a role as any in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and there are a few points for comms pros to be mindful of to help ensure the process is a successful one with clarity.

Thinking about the org chart 

One of the most impactful parts of the M&A process is figuring out how to fold in new people that come over in a transaction and how the reporting structure will work. With impacted employees within the organization bound to have questions and concerns, comms needs to take a proactive stance—and empower the right internal messengers to do the same.

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