With the EU vote exactly a month away, Jelf Employee Benefits commissioned a survey to look at the impact on the workplace.

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The Brexit vote is looming yet 61% of employers have still not considered the impact of Britain leaving the EU. According to Jelf Employee Benefits, only 2% said their organisation has plans in place for this change.

Looking at the perspective of HR and finance professionals, the study found that only 11% have started to consider the issue but are yet to begin any planning. 4% also think the issue will not impact them.

Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits, commented: “The Brexit issue is a very Rumsfeldian conundrum – how to prepare for unknown unknowns is occupying the thoughts of many businesses across the country right now. However, six out of ten HR and finance professionals say that their organization has not yet considered the issue.

“If the UK does vote for Brexit then guesstimates are that it will take up to two years for UK employers to really know where they stand on various EU issues and that uncertainty may affect recruitment and retention. Employees aren’t expecting a crystal ball but they are likely to want their employers to actively seek answers on their behalf and stay abreast of changes, so open communication will be important.”

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