I remember reading an article or hearing an interview about war-torn Syria, and in the article, a young woman described how life goes on even during a war. Now, it never occurred to me about the practical logistics of the people who are indirectly affected by a serious crisis.
The reality; there are many businesses, lives, and events that continue outside of the main crisis, although they live and exist within direct contact of the situation. These individuals sit in a position of having to walk the fine line of remaining focused on their personal endeavors at the same time responding to the needs of victims.
This post is inspired by the fire at Grenfell Towers, West London, where one of the key issues of discontent and anger is the social and economic divides. Now as I write this post we are in the throngs of the emotion of victims, families and the local community.
People are responding in mass making contributions, donating money, time and resources. Giving a caring hug and a listening ear.
However, my questions are, what happens beyond the current impact?
- What is happening to the local business who may have employed and supported local people?
- Will they survive?
- Will there be jobs for people to go back to?
- What happens to the employees who may lose their jobs or will not be paid due to their absence?
- What happens to people on zero hours contracts?
- What happens in the future, when these victims (direct & indirect) are seeking employment, will their connections to this event, place them in a marginalised position.
One of the issues I am concerned about is what happens when the eyes of the public have shifted to something else. (Similar to parents with a new child, life really begins after everyone has left, the home after the initial excitement).
The same is true of trauma and a crisis. In the midst of the incident, people can become very motivated to provide solutions. However, what happen months, and years later. How are we treating and managing those people?
I think people forget, that life is made of those seconds and not just of those big moments.
So, I am thinking about what happens after the fact?
- How can businesses show compassion?
- What can I do to help build sustainable businesses?
- How can the small businesses of today be the compassionate multi-national employers of tomorrow?
I am sad that a crisis has to bring about the neccessity for compassion in business.
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