Great exchange here, colleagues. I have a few offers for consideration:
– build an engaging story for the team. Start with why. As the companies merge, what is our collective purpose? What are we here? (see Simon Sinek’s TED talk Start with Why)
– employees are motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose (see Daniel Pink’s book Drive/ TED talk). What resources do they have to help them learn skills so they can be successful in the new org? What level of autonomy does an employee have to make decisions, however small, with regard to their work?
– I think HOW we approach motivation is important. Instead of something we do “to” employees (we motivate them), how could motivation be a “with” activity?
– robust 2-way communication daily does wonders