We are getting closer to Brexit by the day but there are still options for you to look at for your EU staff. There is a lot of confusion abut what people can do. But there are some things that you can do to make sure that your EU staff are well taken care of in these uncertain times and to make sure your business is best positioned to take advantage of Brexit.
Reassure your staff
It might seem simple but letting your staff know you want them can be a big moral booster. It can be a bit of a shock to find out that the country you are living in has basically voted to kick you out. However, you need to reiterate that you are looking to keep them and to make it as easy as possible to live and work in the UK.
There are two options you can let your staff know about, settled status and pre-settled status. If you have lived in the UK over 5 years, you can apply for settled status and continue on, Brexit or no Brexit. If you have lived less than 5 years, you can apply for pre-settled status until you can apply for settled status.
There are now going to be challenges that have not been encountered in decades in the UK economy. One particular one is customs control of goods and services at the border. Many UK businesses have not had to deal with customs since the 1970s and there will be plenty of businesses who will not have any experience with this. To cut down on costs, you may be tempted to do all of the paperwork yourself, but this can actually cost you more time and money in the long term if you don’t do it all right.
This is when you need to take in border document specialists so that everything can be processed as quickly as possible. Depending on how your business develops, it may be worth your time looking for a permanent employee or a contractor may suffice until you have someone trained up. But doing this is a must for you and your business to avoid lengthy waits and potential fines if you are training across the border.
Growth of your business
Many UK businesses have grown complacent in the last forty years as most companies wanted a presence in the UK as it allowed access to the EU market while also being in a native English-speaking country. As this is no longer the case, it might be time for you to look at expanding your business into the EU and having a physical presence on the mainland to maximise your opportunities.
Many of your staff may still want to leave the UK and go back home and these staff members can be fantastic ambassadors and help build up your brand in new markets. The best marketing strategies have always been word of mouth after all.
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