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Managing Human Resources in Mergers and Acquisitions

  • March 24, 2020
  • George Molakal
Company Sell Side advisory

Different businesses use tools of mergers and acquisitions to achieve organizational objectives. Business tools that have substantial impacts on the staff members of the company at every single stage as two companies attempt to amalgamate into one. A merger is the fusion of two or more diverse organizations under one owner and administration structure. On the other hand, an acquisition is the procedure of one business entity acquiring another entity’s control by purchasing or stock swapping or any other method.

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Mostly, it has been found that around 70 to 90 per cent of all mergers and Acquisitions fail to complete their projected and financial objectives. Often, the reasons behind this failure rate are several human-resource-related factors, including management styles, loss of key talent, diminished trust, clashing cultures, poor motivation, lack of communication, and uncertainty of long-term goals. The significance of managing public issues in M&A context and highlighting the HR professionals’ role is the main thing to know about. These professionals are adept at identifying solutions, recognizing potential problems, and persuading management to adopt them. There are five stages of merger or acquisition transactions, as well as different business cases of M&A. It deals with the significant issues that should be managed in an attempt to help HR professional in tackling challenges and practical M&A transactions realities, including:

  • Creation of new policies for guiding the newer organization
  • Retention of chief employees
  • Selection as well as downsizing of an employee
  • Growth of compensation strategies
  • Making a complete employee advantages program

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Human Resource Role in Merger & Acquisitions Transactions

Usually, the deliberation of merger or acquisition comes along with mixed feelings such as fear, enthusiasm, excitement, uncertainty, and resistance. These emotional reactions might arise at each company level. How the company deals with its staff members at all stages of the transaction can determine its operational success. Mergers and acquisitions both present considerable challenges to Human Resource professionals. The M&A process requires a stable administration of both companies for considering all nuances of a recommended merger or acquisition ahead of agreeing to one which is unavoidably engaged in discussing public issues generated by the proposed merger or acquisition. Human resource professionals use surveys and several other metrics to gather valuable data, recognizing potential conflicts among two organizations, company cultures after merger & acquisition, integrating Human Resource practices and supervising several talent decisions like layoffs.
Moreover, issues related to cultural compatibility often occur while bringing collectively two or more cultures in Merger & Acquisitions. Because culture includes assumptions and beliefs shared by the company and manipulates all group life areas, the integration of Merger & Acquisitions always has misalignment a degree, despite perceived comparability between two organizations. And cultural clashes might influence essential M&A outcomes; focus on cultural alignment has been recognized as the significant challenge in Merger & Acquisition transactions.

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