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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Gauge Our Employee Culture After a Merger?

May 31, 2011
We are planning to launch engagement surveys to our full-time employee population. We have purchased a few smaller companies in recent years and would like to ask a different set of questions to employees who have become part of our company as a result. Specifically, we wish to gauge how the acquisition was handled by our company, as well as the transition to being considered part of the parent company. Our motivation is to pinpoint areas of concern to the newly integrated employees, and to avoid repeating certain behaviors in future acquisitions. What are some suggested questions to use that would give us this kind of insight? —Building (or Repairing) Bridges, human resources adviser, marketing, Dallas
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Why 360s Aren't Right for Us&#8212;or Are They?

September 14, 2010
We are seeking a way to evaluate individual managers for effectiveness at our company of fewer than 200 employees. Generally, 360 reviews are not recommended for companies of our size. What other tools could we use? —Doing a 360, human resources manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
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