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Total Rewards in M&A: Don’t Confuse ‘Integration’ with ‘Harmonization’

A four-part series about Total Rewards integration

Mergers and Acquisitions|Total Rewards
Mergers and Acquisitions

By Leena Menghani | February 2, 2022

In this four-part series, we will discuss how organizations should approach Total Rewards integration.

Total Rewards impact people and their families directly, making them intensely personal for employees. Too often, buyers approach Total Rewards integration disconnected from the overall deal goals and as a result experience business disruption and loss of productivity. In this four-part series, we will discuss how organizations should approach Total Rewards integration.

Making the distinction in M&A

Total Rewards impact people and their families directly making it imperative to get integration right and maintain a strong foundation when making acquisitions.

M&A is about achieving deal goals

As a buyer prepares to integrate a target, the transition relies heavily on the due diligence findings, but also requires a step back and level-set period to recenter on the deal goals.

In M&A, what does integrated look like if it’s not harmonized?

Integrated Total Rewards programs exist on a spectrum, with three key points on the spectrum to consider when acquiring a company.

Integration of Total Rewards in M&A is a journey, not an event

The road to integrating Total Rewards programs after an acquisition’s close is not easy and is influenced by a range of factors.

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Senior associate — Mergers & Acquisitions

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