Mergers and Acquisitions Involve People Assets Too [infographic]

by Sharlyn Lauby on February 15, 2013

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are in the news. US Airways and American Airlines. Berkshire Hathaway buying Heinz.

Naturally, part of the conversation in M&A situations is the transfer of physical assets, like property and equipment. Another big part of the process involves employees. It’s critical during times of transition to communicate, communicate and communicate some more. Both organizations are in the flux of change and need effective leadership.

This is a critical time for human resources professionals to offer value to the organization. Today’s infographic from Mercer and Column Five, shares some insights. And opens the door for interesting questions.

For example, the graphic gives HR credit for meeting the demands of the business during M&A activities, but also points out the need for greater leadership. Is this a place where HR needs to focus future efforts in terms of training and development programs? Or is the expectation that operational leadership should spend greater time mentoring and coaching their teams? Possibly the answer is both.

What do you think?

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