Module 5: One-day workshop "Organizational change, reorganization, merger and takeover in the Netherlands"

Many organizations feel compelled to reorganize, due to financial pressure or for other business reasons. That is a complex job for all involved: management, HR and employees.

You have to deal with the rules of Dutch labour law and a possibly applicable collective agreement, which are often “at odds” with contemporary approaches – and sometimes even go square against them.

What has been built up over the years in terms of working from core values, increasing self-management and dialogue with and between all layers in the organization often threatens to be cancelled out with top-down reorganization.

After all, we know that the most important source of resistance is the change approach itself – employees are loyal to the past and not to the future they do not know. In this workshop we explore how to deal with that as a (HR) manager.

As an included service, we offer each individual participant of any first of our workshops a one hour personal intake & advice (in person or online).


Organizational change can indeed be managed differently than the traditional ways. It can be effective, development-oriented, based on the core values of the organization and also within the legal frameworks. While inspiring and involving the “the shop floor” in the planning along with the rest of the management teams.

So, it can be a Top Down and Bottom-Up! change. A change not primarily from necessity, but from a deeply felt wish to align more with what is really playing and what is really needed.

The following topics are covered in this workshop:

  • Challenges, facts and opportunities in a reorganization, merger or takeover. What are the legal preconditions in the Netherlands and how can you effectively and carefully design the required processes within them, while the (new) organizational philosophy remains leading?
  • Overview of change approaches, traditional and contemporary. With their advantages and disadvantages, implications for and relationship to HR policy and Dutch employment law frameworks that result from the law, collective labour agreement or the own employment conditions regulation.
  • Are we switching to a new form of organization in a “big bang”, or phased, step-by-step experimentation, department by department, team by team?
  • How do you develop a vision for the future, a (re) organization plan and a social plan as “growth documents” in collaboration with employees and with the required internal stakeholders such as Works Council, Trade Unions and any external “stakeholders”? With room for the individuality, role and (legal) duties of each party. Examples from practice, from various sectors.
  • How does a Social Plan fit in with what is really needed? Where and when do you consult with all parties involved and how do you organize and direct the interaction?
  • What is needed? Have employees give shape to staff reduction exercises, is that also possible? How do you measure the effects of your interventions – and how do you evaluate progress?
  • What does the due diligence investigation entail?
  • How does the integration process proceed after a merger or acquisition? Change of employment conditions (job content, travel time). Review of the economic dismissal by the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) or sub district court judge.
  • Dismissal procedures: selection criteria, reflection principle, seniority principle (last-in, first out), selection on quality. Collective dismissal (Collective Dismissal Notification Act), redundancy schemes & the Social Plan.
  • Under what circumstances can you unilaterally change the employment conditions?

Benefits from the programme

After following this workshop you have a good picture of challenges, facts and possibilities with regard to an organizational change, reorganization, merger or takeover in the Netherlands.

You know how you can effectively and carefully design the required processes within the Dutch legal framework, while the new organizational philosophy remains the guiding principle.

You will also learn how, as a manager or HR-professional, you can support good interplay between all parties involved: acting together where possible, with room for the individuality, role and (legal) duties of each party: management, employee participation bodies, supervision, staff and customers.

In addition, you will receive tools for resolving issues and practical cases in your own organizational change or reorganization – and your own role in this.

A certificate of achievement is provided.

Workshop location

The workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Villa Mollerus (Mollerusstraat 1) in Baarn, 10 m. walk from Baarn train station, circa 30 min. from Amsterdam and Utrecht. The workshops always include an extensive lunch, in the same building.

‘On location’ workshops are hybrid, i.e. they allow for online participation as well, which works well given the fact that we work in small groups (maximum number of 8 participants). The prices for the on-site and online workshops are the same.


This one-day workshop is one of seven modules of the Learning path Dutch labour law and HRM for contemporary management. We also offer this workshop as an in-company or as a one-on-one session, customized to the needs of your organization and yourself. 

Dates in 2023/2024

Your investment

€ 795 excluding VAT, payable in advance and including one hour personal intake & advice, reading materials, tea/coffee/lunch.

Change of prices for modules that will take place after January 1, 2024:

Prices of the overall program and in-company workshops will remain the same.

Prices of individual modules will be € 997   ex VAT – with a 10 % discount after purchase of the fourth module.

If your branch, professional or network organization has a cooperation agreement with us, a discount may apply. Indicate this under remarks during registration, stating the organization.


We provide a ‘Certificate of Achievement’.


The course was extremely useful – I feel a lot more informed and confident to purse matters in the workplace. I like the approach – not ‘death by powerpoint’! Was never boring. About the trainer: 10/10, very easy to listen to, engaging and relaxed. I like the inclusion of group experience and advice too.

Janine Smith


Really useful course for my work. I work in HR in the Netherlands for a mid-large size company. It really showed me areas we aren’t doing things correctly, and where we can improve.

Jeanie Edwards

Backbase B.V.

I appreciated that the trainer could share his rich experience in Dutch employment law and that we could discuss specific practical examples in a small group of participants.

Kerstin Herzog

Brunswick EMEA

Content was well paced and all suitable for application in an HR setting. Arthur was a very good trainer in that he not only explained what the law states but he also gave some very good examples that were easy to grasp and see how the law is applied. (10/10 via Springest)

Tessa Marie van Avendonk

Corinthia Hotel, HR Manager

It was an amazing training day filled with essential Dutch employment topics and we were able to address personal workplace scenarios to help us navigate our policies/new approaches right away. Arthur was a great with many insights. I would highly recommend! facilitator with many insights. I would highly recommend! (10/10 via Springest)

Cassandra Rodenhurst

SilverFlow, HR Manager

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