“Can it get any worse?” I gasped, watching the news unfold, and as the days went on various news channels were constantly on in the background to ensure I kept up to speed with the developing story. Having supported many clients through the last two, really tough, years in what we termed an ‘unprecedented situation’, now we face the real prospect of being in military conflict with Russia, which I find genuinely frightening and never thought this would be something I would see in my generation. How much more can we and the economy withstand?
My heart feels broken watching the situation unfolding for the Ukrainian people and those in the surrounding countries trying to support and care, yet fearful of what might come their way. I work in HR because of my values around trust, fairness, justice, equality, voice, dignity and respect and this goes against everything I believe, live by and trust in. I was particularly saddened by Putin’s International Women’s Day speech and of horrific pictures of needless death and destruction and babies and children being injured, killed or stuck in basement shelters unable to flee.
So, what can we do?
Well of course we can donate money or needed supplies to approved charity organisations, we can now offer to house refugees and we can show our support by riding out the effects of sanctions, because it will no doubt affect many of us financially on top of an already tough economic time, and we can help to keep the pressure on the government to make sure we deliver what we promise as a country.