Jeff J. Quade, the vice president of human resources at WhaleShark Media, maintains expertise in areas as diverse as cost containment and succession planning and retention. With a passion for creative strategic initiatives, Jeff J. Quade also works to lead businesses through transitional periods such as mergers and acquisitions. With more than two decades of commitment to operational excellence, Jeffrey J. Quade knows there are several ways in which human resources executives can facilitate a smooth merger and acquisition process for the business as a whole.
One of the first steps to making the merger and acquisition process less disruptive and stressful is to research the two (or more) systems that will be combining. Not only does research aid in developing a plan for how best to integrate the systems, but it also helps in anticipating questions that may come from staff members about the process. Plan for how best to communicate the benchmarks of the process and how to train employees for the new system before, during, and after the merger and acquisition. Finally, a successful human resources executive is not afraid to fine-tune the plan as necessary.