Job security and prosperity continue to be front of mind for the working UK population, and the desire to stick with their current employer reaches new levels.
Speaking to Sky News, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the arguments for remaining in the European Union went beyond the bureaucracy that leaving would involve. He warned the uncertainty could affect people’s jobs and livelihoods.
“Anybody who says that this isn’t the case just needs to look and see what’s happened to the value of sterling over the past few weeks – even as the debate’s got going,” Mr Hancock said.
“The fact that we don’t know what leaving the European Union would look like is a real problem. I think it’s incumbent on those who are calling for us to leave to set out what it would look like.”
The UK workforce is showing signs of vulnerability – with soaring levels of intent to stay and plummeting levels of engagement – as the country’s membership of the EU is called into question.
Staff engagement levels have been stagnating for many years, with polls showing that a massive 87 percent of employees are disengaged; meaning they lack motivation, are unhappy, and – in extreme cases – are liable to spread negativity. While the workers are craving stability, employers should avoid making promises of stability that they ultimately won’t be able to keep and have little control over. Instead they should continue to invest in sustained engagement strategies to avoid productivity dips.
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