The sale of a business can bring worry to current employees when they learn that a business is up for sale. But often, employees might actually be glad to hear this news.
Employees may indeed get nervous when they hear that a business is up for sale. The seller and the buyer often fear that employees might “pack up their bags and leave once the closing happens” As it turns out, this is not usually the case.
Interestingly, while employees may sometimes worry that a new owner will “come in and fire everyone” the opposite is usually the case. Usually, the new owner is worried that everyone will quit and tries to ensure the opposite outcome.
MG Brokers advise business owners to relay a message to employees so they develop a mutual respect and culture within the company. A new buyer of the business will likely want to ensure and enhance job security, as the new owner is truly dependent on the expertise, know-how and experience that the current employees bring to the table.
Employees may get excited with the prospect of a new owner because they may have new options and potential for career advancement. The size of the business will, to an extent, dictate the opportunities for advancement. However, if a larger entity buys the business then it is suddenly possible for the employees to have a range of new career advancement opportunities. The business could go from a “mom and pop operation” to a mid-sized company overnight, allowing the employees to suddenly have new opportunities before them.
Selling a business could mean “new growth, energy and ideas.” Often, the seller can be exhausted and simply have no energy to run the business. Sellers often feel that a new owner would bring new ideas and new energy and, as a result, the option for new growth.
It's not prudent to assume that employees may panic if there is a sale. The simple fact is that if the right information is provided, the employees may see a wealth of opportunity in the sale. MG Brokers can help the transition and enhance the perception of the employees. Email: MG@TheMutualGrowth.com for more information.