Empathy for the employee that arrives via acquisition

An employee who comes to your team via an acquisition

  • was likely in the dark until the acquisition was announced
  • didn’t apply to be part of your company, your team, or for their new job
  • is accustomed to working on different things, with different people, toward different goals
  • doesn’t know you, or anyone on your team, or your company
  • is unaware of your expectations of them
  • experiences a loss of the status they enjoyed as a valued employee prior to the acquisition

As a result, they are likely very uncomfortable with the situation. And it’s really not at all fair; they didn’t ask for this to happen. Suddenly they are asked to adapt to a hundred dimensions of unknown.