According to official sources, currently there are almost 800k Ukrainian citizens living and working in Poland. In the face of military activity, their families, relatives and friends are now seeking refuge in Poland.
In addition to providing support and participating in public initiatives (such as public collections of vital goods for those in need), employers can apply several organizational and financial instruments to enable their employees to take care of themselves and their relatives.
Specific measures that employers may implement and address to their Ukrainian employees in Poland include:
Employers can also arrange work to allow employees to take unscheduled leave under their current leave entitlement instead of any pre-scheduled leave plan, if they so request.
In addition, HR departments should be aware of what to do if an employee or other co-worker becomes a victim of conducted operations and what benefits his or her family members (whether in Poland or abroad) are entitled to.
Finally, it is also important to ensure that all employees feel a sense of stability and support in the current situation regardless of their background or citizenship. While employers are under no legal obligation to do so, pandemic realities have already proved that employers cannot disregard their employees’ mental health.
In view of Poland’s broad-spectrum involvement in helping refugees, employers can also grant paid time off work to people involved in such social activities, or preferably join them in their efforts as volunteers.