The challenges posed by Brexit make it more important than ever for businesses to streamline their handling of new hires. This need was highlighted by a recent study into the potential impact of future changes to the availability of EU seasonal and temporary workers. Research by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) found that 81 percent of employers who offer seasonal roles currently rely on EU employees to meet demand. It means that any future restrictions that are placed on the movements of EU workers by Brexit regulations will have serious consequences for businesses throughout the UK. The sectors identified as being most at risk from future shortfalls are warehousing, food and drink related businesses and hospitality.
Adapting HR strategy
HR teams are now being advised to start adapting their strategies to focus on attracting and maintaining homegrown employees to cover seasonal and temporary roles. With a shortage of supply, businesses will need to have efficient onboarding processes in place to compete in an increasingly tough employment landscape. Employee onboarding refers to all of the HR related processes that are required to convert successful applicants into effective employees. This includes everything from contract and references to company guides and welcome packages. Any delays or negative experiences during this crucial process can prove extremely costly, resulting in successful applicants dropping out - either during onboarding or shortly after starting a new role.
Rising drop-out rates
A 2017 global survey found that 39 percent of employees reported having had negative onboarding experiences. For 15 percent this resulted in them dropping out, while 19 percent had left positions within the first few months. This is a particular problem that faces those HR teams that still using traditional manual systems to handle onboarding - typically this is done via a mix of phone calls, text, emails and paperwork. It creates a frustratingly slow and inefficient process which leaves businesses struggling to handle the dynamic demands of seasonal and temporary roles, resulting in rising drop-out rates, increased HR costs and demotivated workers. With the HR challenge set to get tougher, more organisations are switching over to cloud-based onboarding setups that replace manual tasks with more efficient automated processes.
A system such as webonboarding provides a flexible and scalable approach, enabling the kind of fast, simple and engaging onboarding experience that’s going to be required to stay competitive in a post Brexit environment.