Deloitte reports that in 2015, over $4 trillion in acquisition and merger deals occurred, which made it the highest year since 2007 for these deal values.

Given that firms are needing to be increasingly quicker to market to succeed in the currently economy, it does make sense. Step-by-step, organic growth isn’t sufficient any longer. As a result, an increasing number of companies are using merger and acquisition deals for improving their market presence.

Although boardroom excitement can be created by merger and acquisition deals, they frequently produce job loss in lower levels of a company as well as lots of anxiety and stress. In the face of those kinds of deals, workers on the ground level have a tendency to feel powerless. The fact of the matter is, mergers and acquisitions aren’t always hopeless situations. Although many aspects regarding an M&A restructuring are going to be things you cannot control, your behaviour can still help to influence your survival chances.

Keeping that in mind, the following are some of the leading strategies that should be adopted in order to survive a merger.

Remain Positive

Whenever decision-makers are making decisions on who will stay and who will go, one of the key factors will be competence, but attitude will be as well. With all things equal – and perhaps slightly unequal – the employee who remain engaged and positive throughout the entire process will ofte be favoured over the individuals who haven’t. The first ones to go will be the moaners and complainers.

Even if you feel aggrieved regarding the merger, the best thing for you to do is save your complaints for when you are at home. When you are at work, remained focus on your work and keep your mouth shut.

Be One of the Early Adopters, Instead Of A Laggard

Demonstrate you’re on board with all of the changes being made. Be proactive and get involved with initiatives that will help with moving your company into the new state from the old state. Maybe your company has asked for volunteer for giving learning sessions at lunch time that are relevant to the merger. If so, then sign up and lead one. Perhaps your organization is search for individuals to join a kind of task to facilitate the merger – then join a task force.

Generally speaking, you want to search for opportunities to be view as a good guy, get noticed and step up.

Be Flexible

Having an inflexible attitude will definitely be a hindrance to you throughout an M&A deal process. You could end up left in the dark. There is going to be uncertainty and upheaval. This will create a lot of loose ends and temporary task forces and assignments will be needed. Inflexible individuals who aren’t willing or able to get their hands dirty – including just for short time periods – will end up becoming problematic to their organization. One of the fastest ways of increasing your odds of survival is to be flexible throughout the merger process.

Build Relationships

According to research, people who an influential person recommends to a job is a lot more likely to get invited to an interview, and then be offered the job compared to those who aren’t recommended. Even if networking is something that doesn’t appeal to you, during this phase of an M&A deal it will be necessary for you to embrace it. Forge alliances, build relationships, demonstrate your value, and find sympathetic colleagues (particularly senior-level colleagues).

Be Aware of Issues

There are a lot of problems that can go wrong during an acquisition or a merger and having a grasp of where the problem spots may lie can place you in a good position to sail through them smoothly on an individual level. M&A is renowned for having problems with staff and staff morale, cyber security risks and even financial problems. Understanding where the issues may lie gives you more control if you need to deal with them.

Prove How Invaluable You Are

Throughout the entire process, it is important that you be able to show how invaluable you are. When it comes down to it, people will be chosen by companies who make the greatest contributions) in terms of positive attitude and technical skills) compared to those who are easy to replace.

Be sure your elevator pitch is prepared. Be ready to share it with decision-makers and influencers. In your pitch, outline your positive differentiating qualities and key skills to convince an organization how valuable you are.

With those five tips in mind, you now should have every tool you need for maximizing your chances of surviving an M&A deal.