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In two years, the new CEO has replaced the COO, CFO, Sr. HR VP and several business presidents and functional Vice Presidents with his old colleagues...
I work for a very large aerospace company. We have gone through numerous
acquisitions. With the last acquisition our CEO retired and
turned over the reigns to the CEO of the most recently acquired company.
Mind you it was the heritage company that did all the heavy lifting
to make this company what it is today.
Dear Heartbroken heritage employee,
It's very clear from your letter how hurt and frustrated you are with the current situation. Acquisitions and transitions are never easy and I'm sorry this one has been especially hard for you.
I hear you saying that you want to survive 16 months until your retirement date. But before you commit to gritting it out: ask yourself why that is important to you. Do you have a good reason to stay and survive this? How has the quality of life for you and your family been impacted by the changes at work?
If you discover that you'd rather not stay, you have options. Typically, in an acquisition there are opportunities to take early retirement. Investigate whether that option can work for you. You may be able to negotiate a severance package that allows you to keep your anticipated retirement benefits. Of course, you should find a lawyer to assist you.
If you choose to stay, you will fare better if you can find a way to detach yourself and not take the actions personally. Continue to do good work but find other ways, possibly outside of the office, to be recognized and appreciated.
Because transitions are filled with highly charged emotions you may also want to talk with someone about your feelings as a way of either preparing for a brighter future or coping with the challenges ahead.
Be good to yourself during this difficult time. Thanks for writing to OfficePolitics.com.
Dina Beach Lynch, JD
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