Whilst our global employee engagement survey showed UK engagement levels were on par with 2015, that was pre-Brexit. There appears to be a distinct feeling of pessimism among the UK workforce at the moment after the EU referendum result on June 24th, with new research from the CIPD revealing that one in five workers are now worried about their job security.
This latest CIPD study has found that 44 per cent of working adults feel pessimistic about the future, with public sector workers, voluntary sector staff and those aged between 25 and 34 feeling this way the most.
What’s more, since the Brexit decision came about, 13 per cent of employees say they have either heard about, witnessed or experienced harassment or bullying of a political nature. And seven per cent referred to incidents of a racist nature.
“There is a concerning level of racial and political division in the workplace post-Brexit. To nip this in the bud, businesses should take zero tolerance approach to racially and politically motivated conflict linked to the vote and ensure that their workforce feel that they are working in an open and welcoming environment,” the CIPD’s Ben Willmott said.
Similarly, the latest Deloitte Consumer Survey for the second quarter of 2016 found that consumer confidence about job security dropped three points immediately after the EU referendum and is now down six points compared to the same time a year ago.
Now could be a good time for companies to conduct an employee engagement survey to see how their workforce is actually feeling – and to see if there’s anything they can introduce to help people feel more confident about their jobs.