As uncertain as we are of how Brexit will impact the FM industry, it’s likely that your employees are just as worried – whether they’re UK-born, long-term EU migrants or recent arrivals to Britain.
And although there may be downsides for both your business and workers, there are also opportunities too.
Brexit may well increase the need to upskill existing and new, workers; you’ll then be left with a highly trained workforce that may be more committed and productive.
If we do indeed move towards a soft Brexit, should this preclude you from proceeding with making additional investments in your UK workforce? Clearly no. A recent study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that 95% of hiring managers considered employee training as a key retention tool: “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not to train them and keep them” – Zig Ziglar
Whichever direction the UK takes, it’s clear that investing in your workers will only have positive consequences for your business – and doing it now while your competitors wait for definitive direction, or instead bury their heads in the sand, will ensure the impact to your business is lessened whilst allowing you to steal a march on your competition.