Merging organizations—or even departments and teams—pose tough problems for leaders. Often, “our way” vs. “their way” culture clashes crippleand morale. Step up and help new colleagues work together. Here’s how:
- Level with employees by telling them you’ll do your best but you don’t expect the change to be seamless.
- Make sure you recognize, not ignore, the cultural differences. Have the new teammates explain how they did things before the merger and why.
- Resist the urge to move fast. You need to allow enough time to train employees and to let them adapt.
- Seek feedback from employees with the big question: “How do you feel this change is going?”