Half of UK workers think that getting people with the right skills will be the biggest issue faced by their workplace in the year ahead

New research from workplace experts, ACAS, has revealed that over half of workers (53%) believe that getting the right people with the right skills will be the biggest issue faced by their workplace in the year ahead. The other two top issues identified were technological change (36%) and productivity (36%). 2035 employees below senior manager level were questioned in the survey. Other issues identified by participants in the poll included fit and healthy staff (18%) and Equality and Fairness (17%).

This uncertainty could be attributed to the on-going Brexit debate but if this concern is not managed well then it can cause stress and impact workplace relations. What is important is that employers recognise the impact of external and political influences on people’s mind set at work and provide opportunities for employees to discuss their concerns. This can be done using one to one meetings, team meetings or employee assistance programmes. There is little that can be done to alter external influences but we can provide a listening and sympathetic management ear towards concerns once raised.

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