Entries by Becca Jones

How to Increase the Value of Your Company During Your Merger

Do you want to increase the value of your company? Who wouldn’t! When you hear the word “value,” however, what do you think of? In many cases, dollar signs flash in front of people’s eyes. And for those undergoing a merger, adding monetary value to one’s company would likely pass without complaints.

Your Due Diligence Checklist: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition During Your M&A

Woohoo! Congratulations. A prospective buyer is interested in acquiring your business! But hang tight, because that’s just the beginning. Do you have your due diligence checklist ready?

The M&A process is an exciting but lengthy one. It can last anywhere from months to years depending on the size of the company involved in said transaction.

A large portion of this time, in fact, is dedicated to conducting due diligence. Here, we’ll give you a guide that ensures your M&A due diligence runs as smoothly as possible.

Let’s start with the basics.

Don’t Let Sh*t Hit The Fan: Why You Need to Hire a Facilitator to Help Merge Two Cultures

Congrats! Your merger is underway. Your hard work has nearly paid off! But you’re not quite done yet. That is—unless you want sh*t to hit the fan.

At Culture Works, we don’t want that—and neither should you. Did you know that more than half of mergers and acquisitions fail? And the reason behind it? The clashing between two separate company cultures: Culture shock.

If you’re looking to merge your company down the road, you need to consider your options to be one of the few successes. This includes, in many cases, deciding to hire a facilitator to help merge two cultures.

Here’s why.

How to Avoid Culture Shock During Your Merger

Entering into a merger can be challenging for both companies. Whatever your reasoning for the merger, one thing is for sure—change is coming. According to Harvard Business Review, between 70 and 90% of mergers and acquisitions fail. Culture clash may be to blame for this extremely high number. 

There are a few things you can do to combat this issue.

Don’t Forget Your Middle-Tier Employees- Invest in L&D

There’s a gap in organizational development. We’ve seen it time and time again. Organizational leadership is focused on the wrong areas of their business. We constantly ask leadership to give us a rundown of where they’re spending their time, and it’s typically not focused in the right areas.

It’s time to beef up your HR team- here’s why!

With all the headaches that came our way last year, it’s time to consider beefing up your HR team. Along with the normal compliance, people, and cultural issues that come with human resources, there is now a whole new set of potential issues to consider. Is your company really looking at the people in operations who are working toward your greater success? If not,  it’s time to start. HR “unicorns” have 20+ different jobs that create success. Our founder and CEO, Kristi Pastore explains a few different HR touchpoints to focus on as you look to the future.