Chaotic Times For A Corporate Entity

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A company is supposed to run like clockwork; it is not built for chaos. This is because there are too many moving pieces in a company and they should all work in harmony in order for the company to be successful. All the rules and protocols are in place so that it can handle itself in any emergency in a dignified, rational and calm manner. In the course of a company’s career however there are certain moments that the entire compound may be thrown into chaos. It is best to be prepared for such moments.

Moving House

For various reasons, companies find themselves in the middle of business relocation. This can affect the stability of a company because this means a physical and mental readjustment for everyone involved. The best way to tackle this is to make an announcement to all the employees about the dates when they are expected to move and present them with a plan. Give them specific dates when they are supposed to pack up and then move. Make sure it is done department by department so that the day-to-day work will not be interrupted. Start with the departments that don’t deal directly with customers so that they can move without disrupting anything too much and set up early.

A Higher Bid

If your company is going through a takeover bid then you can expect a lot of chaos, especially mentally. This is more so if it’s a hostile takeover, and the new owner was a previous competitor. Not only will there be changes in key leadership positions (meaning that lower employees have to adjust to new corporate leadership styles), there will also be sweeping changes in the corporate culture. The earlier culture would have been more of a games and coffee night kind of place while the new leadership could encourage more of a Friday night out kind of vibe. In many cases, takeovers engender more chaos than reliable business relocation simply because of the amount of mental adjustments necessary.

Internal Changes

As a company grows and expands it has constantly re-evaluate its progress and up the ante if it wants to stay in the game. Sometimes this can mean corporate re-structuring to shake things up and remove management that has become too comfortable in their seats. This is a beneficial move because it encourages younger workers to come up with new ideas – fresh blood can do wonders for an aging company. However, some older workers who are used to things done in the ‘old way’ may feel that the winds of change blow too strong.