How to Avoid Productivity Drop-Offs During a Merger

avoid productivity drop off

When employees pick up the scent that they might be acquired and merged, a cloud of ambiguity descends over the organization.  This produces a sense of uncertainty that fuzzes up priorities, interferes with decision making, and breeds inertia.

How can you counter this business slowdown?

You’ll find good advice from Chip and Dan Heath in their new book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.   

The authors explain how important it is to provide crystal-clear direction for your people.  They write, “Ambiguity is the enemy.  Any successful change requires a . . .