What is the role of HR post Brexit?

Love it or hate it, change is upon us. Brexit could bring business opportunity for some with cheaper exports, or create talent shortages for others as we cannot access people with the right skills. The question we’ve been pondering here at Actus™ is around the role of HR in a climate of such uncertainty. How can we take a positive lead rather than sit back and watch?

The issue with any change is that it can become a huge distraction. Quite aside from the water cooler chitchat, it is easy for staff to take their eye off the ball (even more likely combined with the Euro football and Wimbledon about to start!)

Uncertainty can lead to kneejerk decisions and ever changing priorities, which is confusing for staff and can lead to de-motivation and underperformance. It may also be a concerning time for your EU staff, who are worried about their residency in the U.K. One thing is certain; if we are to avoid falling back into recession we must ensure that our businesses continue to perform and succeed in the interim and post Europe phase.

CIPD CEO Peter Cheese’s email to CIPD members last week highlighted the oncoming challenges for businesses:

“Among the key challenges facing the UK economy and workplaces remain(s) our poor productivity record and a number of associated skills problems… for example the mismatch between the skills generated by the education and skills system and the skills that employers’ need… and the poor utilisation of existing skills due to a relatively long tail of poorly managed organisations in the UK.” 

If we are to thrive in a post Brexit economy, it is very important that we focus on developing productive, high performance cultures, the foundation of which are effective people and performance management. Never has it been more important for managers to be carrying out ongoing performance conversations to keep people focused on delivering their best in turbulent times. We must raise the bar for management standards and provide the development for them to meet these if we are to go it alone successfully.

In these times of uncertainty, HR must not sit back and let other reactive business priorities take focus away from people strategies as they are key to delivering us long term consistent results, and for building a stronger future. Our role as HR and L&D professionals must be to lead the way in establishing high performance cultures, and one of the ways this can be done is through embedding the right systems and behaviours to nurture ownership and productivity.

Our Actus™ performance management software is designed to embed year round high performance conversations, increasing focus and productivity, and we also have lots of free resources to aid you. Download our free white paper on dealing with underperformers below.

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Alternatively if you would like to take a look at how Actus™ could help your business in this potentially turbulent time just drop us a line at [email protected], visit our website www.actus.co.uk, or book a free demo using the button below.

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