In times of crisis, people who are already marginalised often face higher risks and can not always count on social assistance. Inclusion has never been more important, globally, at work, and in our personal lives.
We have gathered some avenues of support and resources for impacted marginalised groups:
- Outright International supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Ukraine
- Support for Ukrainians with disabilities in crisis from Fight for Right
- Voices of Children is helping children of war in Ukraine
- Nigerians in Diaspora organisation Europe supporting those trying to leave Ukraine
- International relief efforts are being supported by The Red Cross and UNICEF
Inside our organisations, it’s important to think about how this difficult time can affect our colleagues. It can be difficult to maintain division between our personal and professional lives, and the news may impact people’s wellbeing and ability to work.
Some ways to manage this at work include:
- Allow space to speak, but do not make contribution to the conversation mandatory. Ensure colleagues are met with empathy.
- Be aware especially of how Russian, Ukrainian, or Eastern-European colleagues may be feeling. Reactions may be complex and colleagues may be stressed for family members. We shouldn’t assume our colleagues’ opinions or that they will want to share them in the workplace.
- Provide flexibility where possible, such as flexible working options and time off for affected employees.
- Encourage employees to access support such as mental health first aiders and Employee Assistance Programmes. Many companies set up psychological support during the pandemic and these can be reshared with employees during this time.
- Think ahead to long-term work ability support that may be required for some employees if there will be significant changes to work or ongoing stress.