Guest Blog by Ellen Royce
Unless the UK government negotiates a better immigration policy, British businesses are likely to lose key employees who will increase their vulnerability. Has the government prepared itself for handling the crisis?
Are you aware that nearly 47% of EU citizens who are highly skilled and employed in the UK are contemplating leaving the country within the next five years?
Britons may be tempted to believe it is a good omen because British jobs will become available to British people. Unfortunately, Britain is not grappling with an unemployment problem, and neither does it have a post-war baby boom. On the contrary, Britain is currently dealing with a postwar retirement boom, which is likely to create an employment crisis, which will be difficult to manage. The crisis will also bring upon HR staff the need to still Britons that may begin panicking.
HR Managers Need To Devise Methods For Handling The Crisis
HR managers are never known to be associated with operations, business data and decision-making. They are better known for being too soft but never been acknowledged as the department which can walk you through the trouble. In times of a crisis, the HR department is one of the first to receive hard blows and it is at such times that they are required to showcase their skills in managing people despite it being an intimidating task. What can the HR department do in the present circumstances?
Initially, they are required to figure out their core attributes rather than forget the basics. Understanding the nature of the business they are involved in will be the key to the actions they implement.
They must also be prepared to undertake the following actions:
The need for maintaining jobs should be high on the minds of HR departments who must be prepared to prioritize employment over the wage rates prevailing. They must be prepared to take tough decisions to ensure that the company is able to sustain its future despite the troubles haunting them.
Adjusting employment is another task, which the HR department will be required to look at closely. Adjusting employment does not mean laying off employees but the desired objective can be achieved simply by bringing in flexible policies and offering the employees an opportunity to work from home or even giving them fewer working days. Discouraging overtime while at the same time encouraging shorter working hours is also advised.
HR departments must find ways to increase productivity especially when they are confronted with a crisis. The productivity must be increased without bringing in additional costs to the organization. The best way to manage this task would be to have a workforce that is well engaged. Increasing the number of training programs available the organization and conducting timely appraisals to evaluate performances to understand whether the employees are developing as desired or not will also be helpful.
The HR department must also conduct assessment of the employees because it will give them an understanding of the people, who are efficient and willing to understand the changes, which are being implemented, by the people that are not. The assessment must be conducted individually because it will prove beneficial to categorize employees and plan of a solution. The assessment will also give the organization an opportunity to distinguish between potential liabilities and the people who should be retained.
In times of crisis, HR departments will also be required to take difficult decisions and if the need arises they must be prepared even to lay off employees when other constructive methods have failed. The department will take the brunt of the blame for the layoffs but it will be a better option than letting the organization down.
Usually, HR departments have taken an attitude, which looks quite laid-back especially when managing business strategies of the critical kind. However, the time has arrived for HR departments to put their hand up and stress upon the policies and strategies they have devised and have them implemented to manage the employment crisis after Brexit efficiently.