Maintaining a competitive advantage is significant during merger times. This is because for many employees, there is much uncertainty. Many employees are unsure when their positions will be ending while other employees are fighting for jobs with the new company. The growing frustrations and concerns may have individual emotions at all-time highs. As a result, the last thing you probably want to do, is discuss your concerns or network with colleagues. Needless to say, it is essential during this time of the merger, you sustain healthy relationships with your peers.
Networking with Colleagues During a Merger
There are many benefits to communicating with your colleagues about your concerns and thoughts regarding the merger. Not only can your peers provide emotional support, after all they are going through the same situation as you, your peers can have the inside scoop on future changes impacting not only the company but also operations closer to home. Here are 3 reasons to rely upon your peers during a merger you may want to consider:
1) Learn about vacancies in different departments around the organization
2) Gain the inside scoop on changes coming down the chain
3) Obtain professional references for a position with a new employer
So, the next time you find yourself down in the dumps over the merger, remember you have colleagues in the office right next to you or in the cubicle around the corner that may be feeling the same way as you. Learn to use your resources that can advocate on your behalf. Even if your colleagues can't advocate for you, they may be able to provide valuable support and information that can assist you in making your next career move.