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Mergers & Acquisitions

A deep understanding of organisations, their people,
culture and risk profile.

Change management

Achieve your M&A goals through positive change management

How you manage change during an M&A tends to persist into the years following the deal. Businesses that are highly effective at managing change tend to remain effective, while those that are ineffective tend to remain so.

An M&A is a time of dramatic change. Aligning employees behind your deal objectives – and motivating them to deliver – can be a big challenge. Willis Towers Watson can help you design a change management strategy that will bring your people with you and help you achieve your M&A goals.

How we can help you gain advantage

Our change management experts will help you understand the attitudes, perceptions and agendas of different employee and stakeholder groups – and communicate your plans in ways that make sense to them. We’ll work closely with your leaders to:

  • Manage expectations across the workforce
  • Demystify the process for employees and separate rumour from reality
  • Identify and overcome obstacles to change
  • Turn suspicion and scepticism into acceptance and advocacy.

Our services

Change management and planning

We can help you develop and implement practical strategies to drive change.

  • Engagement programmes: helping you sharpen your messages for employees and communicate effectively to gain maximum engagement and buy-in.
  • Stakeholder engagement: helping you understand, segment, map and engage stakeholders across the business to enact and embed change.
  • Behavioural insights: we’ll identify positive behaviours that you need to nurture and behaviours that need to change; and we’ll help you work with the relevant groups.
  • Data-based decision making: we’ll collect and analyse data to help your leaders make informed decisions about managing change.
  • Focused interventions: our experts can support your managers and change leaders to implement change.
  • Implementation: we’ll support you on the ground to implement any changes required.

Change leadership training

Our Change leadership training programme uses tried and tested tools and methodology to help your leaders engage and inspire employees and stakeholders through the deal and post-transaction. The programme helps leaders:

  • Understand their role in the change process
  • Assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Become effective advocates of change among different employee groups
  • Identify and fill credibility gaps in the company’s approach to change
  • Create an action plan for managing change throughout the integration process.