29 October 2019 - Reading time: 3 Minutes
A recent survey from the CIPD, the HR professionals’ body, found that almost half (48%) of UK employers who employ EU nationals believe that Brexit has led to an increase in the number of those expressing insecurity about their jobs. UK nationals working in the EU are no doubt experiencing similar emotions.
When employees feel insecure, they often become less motivated and productive. Equally worrying for employers is that with some employees no longer feeling welcome in their adopted countries, it could become increasingly difficult to retain those with key knowledge and skills.
For many EU nationals working in Britain, the result of the referendum came as a shock. The reaction of Anouk de Jong (not her real name) is typical. Originally from the Netherlands, the HR executive has lived and worked in London for many years, enjoying what she describes as a very multinational way of life. When she first heard the referendum result, she thought of immediately going back to mainland Europe.
“But I’m not alone,” she says. “I have a son who was raised in Britain and is in the British education system, and I don’t want to move him into a different education system.”
Almost three years after the referendum, de Jong and others in her position no longer fear being thrown out of the UK when it leaves the EU. She recently applied for “settled status” under the EU Settlement scheme, which gives EU citizens the right to continue to live and work in the UK. Yet, she is still not sure of her long-term future is in Britain. “For the moment my plan is to stay but when my son has finished his education, it’s something we will review,” she says.
British nationals working in the remaining EU member states have also been affected. Oliver Wright, Global Service Delivery Manager at SD WORX has lived and worked in the Benelux countries for 20 years, first in the Netherlands and then in Belgium, where he met his wife. He recalls feeling “stunned” by the referendum result. “The fact that freedom of movement - the ability to travel, to work in different countries and to fall in love, as I did with my wife - may not be available to many people in the future is for me very sad,” he says.
Wright applied for Belgium citizenship as an “insurance policy” shortly after hearing the referendum result, and now has dual nationality. So, he does not feel personally insecure. But he is concerned about the possible impact of Brexit on his team, which is split between Antwerp, Glasgow and Reading. It could, for example, become harder to move roles from one of these cities to another, and to recruit EU nationals with specific knowledge and skills for jobs in the UK and vice versa.
Employers, in Wright’s view, need to help their employees get ready for Brexit, “But the challenge is that it’s not very clear what to prepare for,” he adds.
Despite this lack of clarity, there is a lot employers can do to keep employees motivated and engaged as we head towards the UK’s postponed departure from the EU. Here are a few suggestions.
Preparing for Brexit isn’t easy. But you need not struggle alone. SD Worx offers a range of HR and legal advice services to help your business deal with uncertainty and thrive as the Brexit story unfolds.
With the support of technology, HR and payroll professionals can rest assured that their employees are receiving the support they require and that their operations and processes are compliant around the globe.
But, for many businesses it may be difficult to work out where to start when looking to invest in the technology that provides the right support for them and their employees. There are three key areas to consider when looking to power your payroll performance with HR technology.
Human Resources has always played a vital role in organisations around the world. However, throughout the long history of HR, its place in the business has often been reduced to an admin function. Primarily focusing on people and employees, an HR professional’s role has a direct impact on people’s lives, but its effect is felt way beyond this.
With it’s integral place within employees’ lives as well as the overall business strategy, how can HR ensure it’s strategic role continues to add value to organisations for years to come?
More than three years after voting for Brexit, the United Kingdom finally left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This momentous event will have far-reaching consequences for businesses and individuals on both sides of the Channel - but not just yet. All those late-night negotiations in Brussels and political upheavals in Westminster have brought us only to what Winston Churchill, in a very different context, called ‘the end of the beginning’.18 February 2020
Whether a large multinational or a small business with fewer than 50 employees, investing in an HR and payroll offering can have a markedly positive impact on the business. In fact, small companies face many of the same challenges as larger organisations. From ensuring compliance to maintaining an efficient payroll procedure, there are a multitude of ways that small businesses can transform their HR and payroll operations. Here are four ways your business can benefit.17 February 2020
Human Resources is a data driven industry. With so much company and employee information available, the challenge for many HR professionals is how to utilise it most effectively. No organisation can survive without data, and its importance within the overall business strategy only continues to grow as we enter a new decade.
So, how can HR departments embrace and interpret their data, and what should they be looking for when they analyse it?23 January 2020
From being healthier to digital detoxes, many of us adopt resolutions at the start of the new year. However, it’s not only personal resolutions that should be set in January each year - professional goals should not be overlooked either. Employees might focus on their work/life balance or wellbeing, or might embark on various training sessions to improve their skills.
There’s no doubt that the world of work has changed in the past decade. Organisations have been more focused on employee wellbeing and happiness than ever before, with some even considering the option of a four-day working week. Wellbeing was also a key topic at the CIPD’s annual conference in Manchester this year, which provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss and debate how to successfully manage mental health and wellbeing in international organisations.19 December 2019
Entering the second decade of the 21st century, the HR and payroll community have been overwhelmed by social and political changes affecting businesses worldwide, as well as the strong impact of technology in our daily and work lives.
What does the future of HR hold? The start of a new decade gives cause to reflect on what new advancements will occur in the HR and payroll industry.
There’s a common misconception that payroll offerings are only necessary when your organisation reaches a certain size. However, small companies should not overlook partnering with a payroll provider that fits their needs, especially when they’re looking to expand into new regions.21 November 2019
The technological revolution in the payroll sector has been steadily advancing in recent years. However, with the rise—and demand—for contactless payments, payroll technology and cashless transactions increasing in the last few years, we now find ourselves at an exciting turning point in the industry. This is supported by global industry analyst Josh Bersin, who has rejoiced that the HR industry is being “boosted by billions in venture capital funding”.15 October 2019
The clock is still ticking on the UK’s exit from the European Union and we’re still in the dark about the terms of its departure or what impact Brexit will have on employment both in the UK and the 27 remaining EU member states. With or without a deal and faced with this level of uncertainty, HR and payroll teams need to stay up to date with their HR Brexit planning and be ready for all scenarios.11 October 2019
The summer months can sometimes be quiet for the payroll department, as employees enjoy well deserved breaks. However, with the final quarters of the year approaching, it’s time to get back to work—payroll never takes a break, after all.
Here are three ways to ensure that the department is as productive as ever as it prepares for the busy second half of the year.
In today’s business landscape, organisations are facing uncertainty as they plan for the future. When managing this business change, leaders don’t always think to look to the HR and payroll departments for the answers. However, working with a Global Payroll Provider can open up opportunities that could ensure it thrives and grows despite the challenges of today.4 September 2019
A recent SD Worx survey revealed that over half (57%) of European employees have the freedom to take a holiday when they choose. Although this can improve the work/life balance and autonomy of employees around Europe, it can leave departments a little stretched over the summer – a popular time to travel and enjoy the sun with friends and family. This can particularly affect the HR and payroll department – a business function that never stops.5 August 2019
It’s vital that global organizations are run as efficiently as possible. With potentially easy access to a broad and detailed selection of employee data, the HR and payroll department can ensure that the organization’s staff planning is accurately informed to better control staffing costs and improve efficiency across the business as a whole.
So, how can the HR and payroll professionals ensure that they are maximising the potential of the valuable data that lies at their fingertips?
Brexit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an employee or employer, there is little clarity over exactly what it means. While the British Government scrambles for an outcome, organisations sit patiently, doing what they can to prepare for all eventualities. Considering that there is no certainty and a myriad of possible outcomes, it makes it extremely challenging for organisations to put plans in place.
When the time comes for a company to expand into new territories and take operations global, it can mean a significant increase in workload for the HR and payroll departments – so, how can expanding businesses manage this transition with ease?20 June 2019
SD Worx explains the importance of balancing global and local payroll operations for expanding international businesses and how a multinational payroll provider can help keep this balance.14 May 2019
It is often said today that data is the new oil – it’s extremely valuable, especially in international business. But, as organisations expand, their databases grow and this can impact the workload of the HR and payroll professionals, distracting them from their vital roles and left to drown in never ending streams of data.11 April 2019
Running global payroll for an organisation operating in multiple countries can, at times, become somewhat overwhelming. With various rules and regulations to comply with and huge data sets to handle, many payroll professionals would welcome a helping hand. Today, with advancements in HR and payroll technology, that hand doesn’t have to be human—in fact, embracing these technologies can unlock the power of payroll within an organisation.4 April 2019
With winter coming to an end, the sun is coming out of hibernation and spring is rolling around. But as we prepare for the time of new beginnings, with flowers blooming and the leaves back on the trees, how can you use HR Tech to make the most of the new season? Rather than being stuck in the office, battling through endless admin and other time-consuming tasks, introducing HR tech into your organisation can put a spring back in the step of the payroll function.27 March 2019
Today’s business world is becoming increasingly international as technological advancements make it easier for organizations to operate in multiple regions, or even globally. However, when it comes to modern international payroll, many businesses struggle to run their payroll on a global scale.12 February 2019
The Christmas festive period might be over, but winter is certainly not. With snow thick and fast in some regions, it’s understandable that HR and payroll teams may want to pack up and hibernate for the next couple of months.21 January 2019
With the festivities over and the new year well underway, as we return to work, many may have already given up on their new year’s resolutions for 2019. However, when it comes to new year resolutions in the HR and payroll industry, there are many resolutions that HR and payroll teams should commit to which will ensure that their payroll is powerful and running efficiently throughout the year.10 January 2019
Much of today’s media coverage on the introduction of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the workplace express concern over the future of the human employee. Many fear their roles will be replaced by an intelligent robot that is more efficient and cheaper to employ. However, this is far from the case. SD Worx advocates the future of HR tech, but we also understand that you can never take the ‘Human’ out of Human Resources! In fact, introducing these technologies to the HR and payroll department can only reaffirm the place of the human employee in the business world.30 December 2018
As the year draws to a close, we’re busy preparing for 2019 – but we’re also looking back on the successes of 2018 too.15 December 2018
The HR and payroll industry never stands still and is moving at a faster pace than ever. With frequent updates to legislation, increasingly global operations and swiftly developing new technologies, the future of HR is set to look completely different to the industry of today.28 November 2018
Every company strives to have effective working practices that allow employees to work together to get the best possible outcome. Many employers choose to organise Christmas team building activities to help boost workplace morale, increase productivity and collaboration between departments.But does team building actually work? 21 November 2018
The SD Worx team has returned from another great annual UNLEASH conference. Over 5,000 attendees gathered at the RAI Exhibition and Conference Centre in Amsterdam – the site of the first conference seven years ago.7 November 2018
Business Studies 101 tells us staff are the most valuable and expensive resource within any company, but how can your business create an empowering atmosphere within which employees flourish and morale is high?6 November 2018
Payroll is the lifeblood of an organization, so getting it right is crucial. When organizations branch out into new geographical locations, the risk of payroll mistakes heightens. It’s a scary thought for HR and payroll professionals.
30 October 2018
Business leaders are always searching for dynamic new ways to improve their business strategy, but there's one source of data which still remains largely untapped. There is a wealth of potential strategy ideas to be found in a place businesses already have unrestricted access to - their payroll system.
So, how can both large and small companies start utilising payroll data today to breathe new life into stale strategies?24 October 2018
Nothing turns your working world on its head quite as much as a big, sudden change in the way you need to work or the way in which the company you're working for is run. Whether it's due to changes in law, different leadership or any other reason, keeping up with big changes can seem like a difficult task, and it's easy to get off track. But when it comes to adapting to those sudden changes and continuing to meet the needs of your business, there are a few things you can do to help you adapt quickly and be back to 100% in no time:15 October 2018
In the digital world, ensuring that you have a healthy work/life balance has never been so important. However, in this ‘always-on’ environment, it can prove difficult to step away from the world of work and to take that all-important break from your seemingly never-ending to do list. Some HR and payroll professionals see the introduction of HR tech as another cause of stress, with many fearing that it will threaten the future of the industry. However, the introduction of automation and other technologies could be the answer to empowering the HR professional and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.12 October 2018
It sounds too simplistic to say that your workforce is the beating heart of your company, but it’s true. However, many businesses don’t practice strategic human resource (HR) planning. So why is staff planning so important?8 October 2018
September: the month that children dread as they make their return to school after the freedom of the long summer months. But for adults, especially those in the payroll industry, after the quiet summer period September should be a time to be motivated and to adopt that ‘back to school’ thinking. It’s important for teams not to be stagnant. In the ever-developing payroll industry, adaptability is key and so learning shouldn’t stop just because you’ve left school—in payroll and HR it’s all about continuous learning.18 September 2018
The multinational payroll industry is set to be worth 4.8bn by 2021, yet, despite the evident power of payroll, only a third of multinational organizations have a global payroll provider. Instead, they rely on a disparate selection of multiple local providers and therefore have no access to collated data or a clear insight into their employee attrition, engagement, or retention.30 August 2018
Is your HR and payroll team feeling the heat this summer? With the weather heating up, most of us want to get out and enjoy the sun or escape on a holiday. However, with more staff members out of the office, this can mean that the payroll team might be running on reduced numbers. And, typically, less team members results in a higher workload for those in the office. This is where HR and payroll technology can help, giving HR teams a well-deserved summer holiday.3 August 2018
The HR and payroll industry is in a constant state of change. New laws and regulations are introduced around the world, some of which—including GDPR—change the way the whole organization handles its processes and services.26 July 2018
Summer is finally here—and before long it will be over. HR and payroll teams face various challenges over the summer months, from increased staff holiday to keeping track of summer interns and flexible working.16 July 2018
Payroll data. How often do we stop and think about how important it is to a business? Although payroll is often viewed as a back-office function, it is an essential part of any organisation, and is much more than just payslips.5 July 2018
The multinational payroll market is growing at an impressive rate, with the entire payroll services market expected to reach 4.8 billion by 2021. The demand for international payroll services are increasing, due to the heightened need for compliance to local laws and legislations, and a demand for more comprehensive technology. However, even though the payroll market is growing, many organisations still aren’t unlocking the power of payroll.3 July 2018
The results of SD Worx’s recent international survey are in! With 1,500 respondents from nine European markets, the survey reveals that up to 87% of business leaders are now asking for employee data to inform business decisions—HR and payroll data is now being regularly used by business leaders.11 June 2018
The HR and payroll industry is in constant change, with digitalisation, GDPR, and the gig economy effecting the HR and payroll department in organisations around the world. So, how can you ensure that both your HR department and employees are able to keep up with the pace of change? It’s time to unleash the flexibility of your HR.26 April 2018
Payroll is a vital part of any organisation, whether it’s a local business or a multinational corporation. A simple payroll error can cause a large amount of damage, so getting it right is essential.
30 March 2018
With more and more employees relying on technology and flexible working than ever before, the world is becoming increasingly connected and globalised. However, with this new reliance on global working, what do HR and payroll teams need to consider when implementing payroll for multinational companies?7 March 2018
The end of the payroll year is typically a very stressful time for payroll teams. With an extensive amount of tasks to be completed within tight deadlines, any mistakes can be costly.
However, the end of year process can be drastically simplified by engaging with tailored payroll software. This technology can be utilised to assist payroll professionals throughout the year, but how can it help payroll teams in April each year?27 February 2018
Technological advancements are helping to turn a vision of digitally accessible, automated payroll processes into reality. Here’s five predictions for the future of payroll:5 December 2017
A recent survey carried out by SD Worx revealed that out of 4,000 European employees surveyed, 44% had been paid late by their employers and 48% of those that had been paid late had also been paid incorrectly. The research exposes several risks for businesses associated with not paying their employees correctly: let’s explore the top three.13 November 2017
If someone was to ask you how much your payroll operations cost, would you know the answer? It seems like a straightforward question, yet the answer for many HR professionals is often hard to pinpoint. Understanding – and therefore being able to make future projections – about how much your payroll costs requires a clear appreciation of various business components.10 October 2017
The objective for payroll professionals used to be simple: all they had to worry about was paying employees accurately and on time. As organisations increasingly look beyond local domestic boundaries, the complexity of payroll operations has expanded and evolved so that the level of payroll sophistication has increased As a result, the needs and requirements of organisations globally have become more complex.6 August 2017
With Britain voting to leave the EU last June, 2016 was a big year for pan-European news. And, while the full implications of Brexit remain to be seen, it is clearly creating much discussion amongst business leaders who are already starting to plan ahead for the legislative changes that will no doubt impact both their operations and compliance.
One of the business areas most likely to be affected is international HR and payroll, so with that in mind, ‘Brexit and Business’ will be one of the key themes at our upcoming 2017 SD Worx European Conference. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before, taking place on the 8th February at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.