Following a merger or buy-out there is an immediate need to bridge the cultures of the two companies without making one or the other feel inferior or superior. When Jeep of Toledo, Ohio, was acquired by Auburn Hills, Mich., based Chrysler it would have been easy for Chrysler to act superior and downgrade the Jeep employees. Chrysler did not receive the same treatment when they were purchased by Daimler and hard feelings quickly set in.
When two become one it is similar to a marriage. Initially there will be some adjustments but both parties need to be treated with respect. Eventually both parties learn each other's personalities, likes and dislikes, needs, and paradigms.
Creativity is needed to integrate the two companies. Integrating the work forces through cross-training, inter-company team building exercises, or other means is required so that workers from the two companies are made to feel just as important as each other.
This is an excerpt from the Workplace Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. The workplace cultures include Front office vs. Back office; Home office vs. Regional offices and/or branches; Highest volume store vs. Other stores; Old company vs. New company; and New building vs. Old building. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.