How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

by | Jul 6, 2016 | News

There’s no doubt that the Brexit vote sent shockwaves through workplaces across the UK, whichever side staff voted. Some employers have emailed workers to offer reassurance, but is this the best or only way to support staff during this period of uncertainty?

In offices around the UK, Friday 24 June was not the most productive. Many staff had stayed up all night to watch events in the EU referendum unfurl; others had woken up in shock to find that a slim majority had voted in favour of Britain leaving the EU.

What does the UK’s vote to leave the EU mean for HR? Despite the uncertainty surrounding the terms of Britain’s exit, you should start preparing for the HR aspects of running a business outside the EU.

But for staff in companies that trade heavily in EU countries, or with large numbers of non-UK EU citizens, that drain on productivity came not just from shock or constantly refreshing news feeds to see the latest political surprise, but from real concern that their jobs could be at risk.

Don’t rush it

So if managers are looking to HR to support them in reassuring staff, what’s the best way to approach this? Peter Cheese, the CIPD chief executive, warned against “hasty decisions or knee-jerk reactions” either from government or employers, so rushing off a badly worded communication is not an option.

Keep it simple

One thing organisations should avoid at all costs is over-complicating the changes by introducing a web of new processes and bombarding employees with information on them.

“Ruthless prioritisation is a good way to start this process of simplification. It creates clarity for yourself and others on what to focus on and, perhaps more importantly, what not to focus on, in order to enable action in times of complexity and uncertainty,” says Simon Hayward, CEO of leadership consultancy Cirrus. “Set clear priorities for the business and for your leadership team, so that everyone can then focus on doing fewer things better.”

© Personnel Today 2016

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