Some major changes affected our workforce population in 2015. We reduced and realigned staff levels with our financial expectations in the low energy price environment we faced (and continue to face). In July, we completed the merger with Rosetta Resources Inc., an onshore exploration and development company operating primarily in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin areas of Texas, and transitioned Rosetta employees into the Noble organization. Our approach to the staff realignment was to communicate the process as openly and quickly as possible and to offer employees resources to assist them in making a smooth transition to new positions or outplacement. For individuals, managers and teams, we provided workshops and other resources focused on managing and navigating through change.
To help Rosetta Resources employees transition to the Noble Energy family, Rosetta employee town hall sessions were held prior to the closing of the merger to provide updates on the acquisition and information about Noble business units. After the close, we hosted an open house for more than 170 Rosetta employees to allow them to connect with Noble Energy employees in similar roles and to learn about Noble Energy workplace programs including affinity groups, wellness support and learning opportunities. Facility tours gave the new employees an opportunity to ask questions in smaller groups.
Rosetta Event – Host giving tour / Attendees
Separately, more than 400 Houston employees relocated to the newly completed Noble Energy Center 2 building, completing the centralization of all Houston employees to the global headquarters. This has improved collaboration and teamwork while providing more employees access to the headquarters amenities, including a fitness center and cafeteria.