As the Russian war on Ukraine continues, a growing chorus in the United States press for more ways to help the people of Ukraine.  Many companies have already responded by limiting or curtaining operations in Russia.  (A future blog will focus on the too many United States and international businesses that continue to support the brutal aggression either in the name of “profit” or the complacency which comes from being thousands of miles from the conflict.)

As the war continues, human resources and corporate leaders will be called on to do more to support their employees and families.  A recent article published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offered recommendations for companies to support workers impacted by the crisis.  See  The Ukraine War Is Causing Some Workers Severe Anxiety; Employers Can Help.  Among other recommendations:

  • Consider providing a channel for employees to contribute to reputable humanitarian assistance programs;
  • Communicate with employees that it is okay to talk about their own anxiety and fears;
  • Consider encouraging employees to limit their “doom scrolling;”
  • Consider turning off television sets or tuning them to a non-news channel;
  • Encourage employees to take advantage of employee assistance benefits; and
  • Remind supervisors to be on the lookout for signs of anxiety, stress and other disruptive workplace behaviors associated with substance abuse and other issues.

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Vladmir Putin’s swift, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine instantly challenged the Western World and threatens to unravel the Post-World War Two order.  Seeing a world already exhausted and eager to “get on” from the two-year old Coronavirus Pandemic, perhaps Putin believed the United States and the West would quickly condemn the aggression and then return to “business as usual.” (Watch conspiracy theorists claim that the Coronavirus was developed in a Russian lab and intentionally released to battle the West.)

President Biden has risen to the challenge and constructed the largest coordinated response to aggression since George H.W. Bush built a “coalition of the willing” following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.  In these first  days, we seem more unified and in common cause than we have been in a long time.

But it is early in this conflict.  This is day eleven.  Recall that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lasted ten years, 1979 to 1989 – 3,650 days give or take.

Only 3,639 days left to go.

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