Many of you may feel the same way as we do. Sad, shocked and helpless because of the war in Ukraine. This is all quite understandable in light of the terrible events that are unfolding. Our thoughts are with all those affected and we #StandWithUkraine. Perhaps, you have people in your teams who are directly affected or may be worried about their friends and family. Therefore, it is now your task as HR professionals to support your employees in this situation as best as possible.
We hope that we can help some of you by sharing our initiatives below, and we especially look forward to hearing more ideas from your side, too.
- How do you deal with this issue?
- As an HR Professional, what challenges are you facing that you need help with?
At Personio we have 14 colleagues who were born in Ukraine and/or are Ukrainian citizens, and 25 colleagues with Russian roots. There are also several colleagues who have partners or friends in these countries. All of them are equally worried about their loved ones and about the current situation.
As we would like to express our solidarity and to offer our support to those affected, our HR teams have been working in the background to pull together resources so that we can support both internally and externally. Here are some ideas that we would like to share with you.
Internal support for employees:
Additional paid vacation days
for those who are affected by the war (themselves or their relatives).
for all those affected directly, indirectly, or who just want show support, or to learn more on how they can help. We will organise a listening forum as a safe space (over Zoom) on a regular basis
Therapy and Counseling
We work with Selfapy (DE & EN), TherapyChat (EN & ES), Health Assured (EN) and Axa BeSupported (EN) to offer all our employees individual and professional support, free of charge.
Internal information page
We created a dedicated page on our communication tools where all information about the current situation can be found, including the different help and support services.
Internally, we call for donations for various aid organizations, such as the Red Cross, Caritas and UNHCR, and then donate them collectively to the respective institutions. Personio will double the total amount offered by the employees, and also donate an additional 100,000€.
A fully paid day off on which all employees have time to do something charitable for those affected by this war.
We look forward to hearing your ideas and any questions that you might have.
Your Personio Community Team