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Part I: Understanding the Origin and Imp... > The Heartbreak Of Merger And Reorgan...

Chapter 2. The Heartbreak Of Merger And Reorganization

Reorganizing a company or merging two or more corporate cultures represents a difficult transition and provides a challenge for those involved. “The way we used to do the job…the way we were” is no longer part of the way we are now. People in charge may lose their status. People who have worked in close proximity, who have bonded and served as emotional support for one another, may be separated. A sense of control over the work life can be lost as new leadership takes over.

Watching people terminated with no opportunity to say goodbye leaves those remaining with a sense of dread and a lack of trust in the new management. Social and business networks may be disrupted and the result may be confusion, grief, lowered motivation, anger, apathy and anxiety as well as physical symptoms of depression—aches and pains, physical and mental slowdown, fatigue, illness. The connection between these conditions and lowered productivity is well established.


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