HR leaders help relocate Ukraine workers
HR leaders across Europe have already stepped up to help employees based in Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict, with several announcing major relocation plans for staff and their families.
The world reacted with shock and anger following Russia’s armed invasion of its neighbouring state, prompting political and business leaders to take action, predominantly by cutting ties with Russian firms.
However, leaders within the people function also ramped up humanitarian efforts by helping civilians trapped in Ukraine, with a number of firms revealing how they specifically have been helping their workers.
Anthony Lamot, CEO of cloud marketing firm DESelect, revealed his company was helping its Ukrainian staff flee to the firm’s headquarters in Belgium.
“I would also suggest other business leaders to consider taking similar action”, Lamot said in a LinkedIn post, adding: “This is not about politics, this is about helping fellow humans.”
Similarly, Wix.com’s Talent Acquisition Leader Anthony Rodriguez posted that the web development company had already begun arranging several weeks ago to relocate its Ukrainian employees and their families who wanted to be flown out of the country “in preparation for what was to come.”
All travel and living expenses are being covered by Wix, Rodriguez added.
Should the UK adopt the EU’s WFH plan?
The UK Government has so far not made the same recommendations as the EU when it comes to remote working. Instead it has tightened sanctions on goods exported from Russia, including a ban on caviar, silver and wood products.
The Department for International Trade said it was also ramping up taxes on some other exports from Russia and Belarus, covering goods worth a total of £130m.
International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said the UK was taking every opportunity to "ratchet the pressure to isolate the Russian economy".
"These further measures will tighten the screws, shutting down lucrative avenues of funding for Putin's war machine," she said.
However, British firms have already stepped up to aid refugees fleeing the war-torn country. In March, several major UK firms joined forces to offer employment to refugees.
Well-known names like retail giants Marks & Spencer and Morrisons, fashion brand Asos and cosmetics icon Lush are among the companies that are in talks with Downing Street about arranging jobs and accommodation for thousands of Ukrainian refugees.
A coalition of more than 40 large firms was formed (with even more reportedly in talks to join), to provide as many as 10,000 jobs. Furthermore, the businesses involved pledged to help the refugees secure visas, accommodation and even language training.
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