Organizations go through changes periodically. I wrote an entire book on the topic of Trust in Transition: Navigating Organizational Change.
In the book I highlighted the role of the supervisor when organizations make large scale changes that impact how people work.
This article will highlight some tips from the book to help managers guide their supervisors to be successful when transitions occur.
When I discuss transitions in organizations, I am referring to any structural change in the way the people interface with their jobs. The spectrum runs the gamut from small department restructurings all the way up to corporate mergers and acquisitions.
In this article, I will refer to mergers and acquisitions, because the challenges of these kinds of transitions are easier to visualize, but the same issues also exist to a lesser degree in other transitions.
Whenever people are forced to deal with a new set of rules…
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