A new management team may institute new rules and procedures, especially if you’re small, casually run organization is bought by a larger, more formally operated one. For instance, employees may have to follow processes for calling out and or requesting vacation time that was not in place before. Where limits on taking time off may have been somewhat lax, the folks running your company could stipulate how many sick and personal days they will allow. Your somewhat flexible old boss who didn’t care what time you showed up as long as you worked a full day may have been replaced by a strict one who expects everyone to show up at a specific time every day.

The effect new management will have on the company culture—an organization’s personality based on its values and underlying philosophies—may be subtle or quite noticeable. A casual workplace may become formal, or vice versa, for example. Your new boss may frown on the big birthday celebrations that used to happen in the break room at least once a week or may encourage parties when your prior boss didn’t allow them. A workplace that forced you into wearing business attire every day may now allow casual dress.

While going from a strict boss to a more laid-back one may sound good, it can also be disconcerting.

Even though adapting to revamped rules and procedures, and even a new company culture may be a bit unpleasant, you will probably be able to adjust to them with some effort. Other changes, however, are less pleasant, and can significantly affect your career. When one company merges with or is acquired by another, there will be duplication in lines of business and departments. An organization doesn’t need two accounting and human resources departments, for instance, and therefore some employees will be excessed.

Elimination of lines of business will also result in layoffs

When new leaders come into a company, there is a trickle-down effect on those members of the organization who report to them including lower-level managers and the rank and file. You may someday find yourself facing challenges due to workplace changes like this. Your reaction to these transitions could have profound consequences on your career. Follow these dos and don’ts to cope with changes in your workplace that come about when new senior management arrives on the scene.

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  1. Jess
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    On the freelancing end, management changes at your client’s company can really mess up potential projects or projects that are already in progress. If the new person isn’t a big fan of the project, it might just disappear.

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    Been through that situation, the company that i worked with was acquired by a bigger company. At first it is hard because they changed some rules that i got used to but i was able to cope with it. I think if you really love your job and the company it will be easy to adapt.

    1. Kevin S. Ron Post author
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      Yes right, it’s hard to adopt at first , but time will change everything