Fri., February 22, 2013 7:48am (EST)

WORKING: Merged
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
The recently announced mergers of American Airlines with U.S. Airways and Office Depot with OfficeMax means lots of employees face lots of uncertainty in the coming months. Brandon Smith says these complicated deals take a while, so you have time to plan your next steps. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairegren/3015040609/>clairegren via Flickr</a>.)
The recently announced mergers of American Airlines with U.S. Airways and Office Depot with OfficeMax means lots of employees face lots of uncertainty in the coming months. Brandon Smith says these complicated deals take a while, so you have time to plan your next steps. (Photo Courtesy of clairegren via Flickr.)
American Airlines and U.S. Airways announced Feb. 13 they plan to merge. Office Max and Office Depot announced similar plans Wednesday.

Those deals means thousands of employees are about to be working for a new company.

Of course, companies acquire other companies all the time. So we brought in our Working guy Brandon Smith to talk about going through this transition.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.