It’s difficult to regain trust once it has been lost. Not involving employees from the target company from the get-go can leave them feeling as if they don’t matter and are effectively the “poor relation”.
Communication needs to be open and honest, with a clear message provided that these employees are valued by tip management. Efforts need to be made to ensure these employees feel like they have a voice and will have their questions answered re. Job security, future prospects and opportunities for growth.
Assigning appropriate managers who can navigate the choppy water of emotions running high are key, as well as creating an environment that will be supportive and will ensure no further mistakes are made.