Organizational Behavior Issues

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Organizational Behavior Issues

The issues to be addressed by one department in a business merger situation largely mirror the relevant concerns for the company as a whole. The answers to these concerns, both at the department level as well as the company level, fall into one of four organizational action categories: building trust, encouraging employee buy-in and commitment, effective communication, and providing leadership. Any anxiety, apprehension, misgivings, questions or concerns an employee has as a result of the restructuring of a business can usually be addressed by the organization's commitment to these organizational actions. This paper will highlight some of the concerns employees might have as a result of structural changes at the department level resulting from this company's acquisition by Mergers, Inc. This paper will then focus on issues specific to the departmental restructuring of job tasks and assignments as a result of the acquisition of this company by Mergers, Inc.

In any situation where two businesses are joined, whether by merger of two entities or by acquisition of one company by another, organizational change is virtually assured. At no more crucial time in the history of any given organization are attending to the needs of the people of the organization more important. According to La Piana Associates, Inc., "Any significant structural transition will impact the people at all levels of the organization. [...] A highly integrative restructuring - anything from a joint venture to a merger - is all about transitions, and the needs, perceptions, concerns, fears and possibilities of people all become magnified during transitions" (La Piana Associates, Inc. 1.) The common thread running through all of these emotions is increased levels of employee stress. Effective stress management techniques should be employed throughout the organizational change process regardless of the employee's level of responsibility or assignment...