Ukraine has been popularized as a key global delivery location for IT and software engineering services. In fact, the Ukrainian ICT market, comprising over 5,600 companies, is the third-largest exporter of services in the country.
That is why the sudden war between Ukraine and its neighbor Russia affected many business processes, financial markets, employee management, and service outsourcing.
Losing people’s property, finances, and, worse, loved ones is not enough. The ongoing conflict created widespread uncertainty and significant concerns for companies with service operations in the region as many processes were disrupted.
Fortunately, humans are easily-adaptive creatures. Sure, it took time to get everything back up again but now, despite the chaos, a lot of Ukrainians are back in their jobs.
Many tech companies donated to civilians in Ukraine and also helped them with relocation, transportation, and logistics.
Unchain, a charity project created by blockchain activists, helped Ukrainians find stability through NFTs.
“…our goal is to break the chain of war and scatter its links far away from each other. So that they could never meet again,” said the group.
Sergey Krasotin, Co-founder of design agency Humbleteam, said that they have decided to donate a “significant amount of money” in hopes that it will be used for humanitarian purposes and the protection of human lives.
Are hiring Ukrainians still ideal?
In an article written by Dana Kachan, Head of Marketing at BullPerks and GamesPad, she stated that hiring Ukrainians amid the current situation is a “two-sided coin.”
For one, highly stressful situations could make it hard to focus at work. Citizens, especially those who are still residing in the country, have to always be on high alert for any incidents in their home country.
On the other hand, an online job could be the only means of survival for immigrants and those who stayed behind as the country’s economy tanks and everyone’s future remains unclear.
However, Kachan pointed out that despite the upheaval of people’s normal lives, Ukrainians are working harder than ever — just like cyborgs! — to rebuild their lives and keep their companies afloat.
So, Kachan concluded, “whether to support hiring from Ukraine or not in the current situation, is a choice” for companies from other parts of the world.