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Facing Merger Blues

Let’s face it, one of the first recognizable changes during a company merger is employee morale. While employers are implementing some of the most effective strategies in addressing this problem such as showing appreciation for accomplishments, making employees feel valuable, creating a fun environment and encouraging employees to maintain a positive attitude, businesses are still challenged in easing the concerns, fears, frustrations and worries of their employees while trying to run a functional business. After all, the company is in a vulnerable state during the integration process. Needless to say, morale is something businesses attempt to address head on when a merger takes place as it can significantly disrupt business operations, service and products.

Although you may recognize some of the efforts businesses will attempt to implement during a merger such as relaxing the dress code, offering voluntary severances, the option for early retirement, implementing new policies and offering other monetary incentives to sustain employee morale, you also have a job to do. Regardless of what you may think, you have a responsibility to uphold during the merger as well. After all, you still need your job until the next opportunity presents itself or until you decide your next move. The last thing you want to do is help your employer find reasons to terminate your employment. So, it’s up to you to discover ways to motivate yourself during this merger.

Overcoming Merger Blues
Here are some very simple, yet successful strategies you may want to consider in order to combat your merger blues within the workplace:

• Don’t abuse time off
• Avoid tardiness and leaving early
• Beef up on your daily word
• Recite inspirational quotes throughout the day
• Consult a professional through your EAP benefits
• Take breaks during the day
• Get out the office for lunch to clear your mind
• Take walks around the building
• Exercise before going to work
• Discuss your frustrations with your boss or co-workers
• It is ok to vent sometimes
• Find an outlet
• Practice relaxation and meditation
• Stretch those muscles to enhance circulation
• Build your support system
• Find cheerleaders
• Indulge yourself in things that make you happy
• Travel more
• Dedicate more time to your hobbies
• Spend more time with family and friends

Needless to say, a merger can be very stressful. However, instead of letting your concern and worry about the unknown eat away at you, be proactive in discovering techniques that better aid you in coping with the stresses of the merger. By incorporating the strategies above, you will be able to avoid jeopardizing short term employment with the old company, future employment with the new company, severance package, overall employment record, potential professional reference or even undiscovered opportunities that wait.

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