Overcoming challenges in the workplace is not just essential for survival but important for growth. From staffing issues to regulatory compliance, organisations are facing an array of hurdles that demand strategic navigation.

Neil Pickering, Senior Manager of HR Innovation at UKG, sheds light on four pivotal pain points confronting employers today and offers insightful strategies for addressing them.

  1. Managing Employee Turnover

The persistent skills shortages and nearly one million unfilled vacancies in the UK underscore the urgency for businesses to prioritise retention. According to Pickering, fostering a culture where employees feel valued and envision a long-term future with the company is key. Strategies like fair compensation, defined career paths, and embracing work-life balance can bolster retention efforts and create a positive workplace environment.

  1. Optimising Employee Performance

Effective leadership entails motivating employees and fostering an environment conducive to success. Pickering emphasises the significance of collaboration with staff to align with company objectives. Investing in training, fostering open communication channels, and providing access to resources can enhance employee engagement and drive productivity.

  1. Labour and Data Compliance

Meeting moral and legal obligations regarding employee well-being and data protection is non-negotiable for businesses. Pickering underscores the importance of leveraging technology to ensure compliance with labour regulations and data protection laws like GDPR. Automation of labour scheduling and secure digital record-keeping are vital safeguards for both businesses and employees.

  1. Adapting to Change

In an era of constant flux, adaptability is paramount for business resilience. Pickering stresses the need for transparent communication with employees to facilitate smooth transitions and garner support for innovation. Harnessing advanced HR technology can streamline processes and drive both cultural and business objectives.

The road to overcoming employer pain points requires a holistic approach that prioritises employee well-being, fosters a culture of continuous learning and innovation, and leverages technology effectively. By embracing these principles, organisations can navigate challenges and pave the way for sustained growth and success.





Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.