Two thirds of employees don't feel informed by HR on Brexit changes

Two thirds of employees don't feel informed by HR on Brexit changes

61% of Europeans don’t feel fully informed by HR about the potential work policy changes if Britain leaves the EU, according to new research.

The referendum regarding Brexit has caused a stir with 87% of Europeans living in the UK worried about the potential impact of Brexit, data from Totaljobs reveals.

One in three Europeans would feel discriminated against if looking for a job in the UK in the current climate.

In addition, 56% of European immigrants cited their job as a main reason for staying in the UK, yet 49% fear for their job security and 37% for the impact on their personal lives.

A quarter of the respondents (25%) feel forced to reconsider their career options outside of the UK.

John Salt, Group Sales Director at Totaljobs says: “It’s clear from our research that European workers in the UK are unsettled by the prospect of Brexit, and this may have an impact on productivity and employee turnover rates for UK businesses. So, it’s important that employer’s do all they can to keep their employees informed of developments in the Brexit debate.”

With uncertainty about the potential impact on UK Economy and businesses with campaigns for and against producing such polar information, 76% of EU expats are not put off, hoping to stay in the UK even if it leaves the EU.  

European employees also expressed a high job satisfaction, with 65% claiming to be satisfied or very satisfied with their current jobs. Other factors that interplayed about working life in the UK was pay, which was given a 66% satisfaction score in the UK compared to 8% in their home country, career progression (56% vs. nine per cent), work/life balance (47% vs. 18%) and benefits (44% vs. nine per cent).

Salt advises: “Whilst Brexit may well not happen, the possibility that it might should also be acknowledged in communications with employees, who should be encouraged to share any concerns with their managers or HR representatives. Should the UK vote out, change isn’t going to happen overnight, but employers should do their best to keep up to date with legislation changes as things progress, and communicate them transparently to their employees.

“Above all, employers should keep the lines of dialogue open with their employees, whether through a letter, company meeting, or through one-to-one talks. Those businesses who reassure and inform their employees will keep things on an even keel through what could be an unsettling time.”

Read more here about the potential impact of Brexit on UK employers.  

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