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Ways Companies Are Giving Back During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ways Companies Are Giving Back During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ways Companies Are Giving Back During the COVID-19 Crisis. People everywhere are grappling with the way COVID-19 has affected daily life. Millions are suddenly unemployed, schools and some businesses are closed indefinitely, even certain essential items are in short supply.

But as fear and anxiety have spread, so have good deeds. Companies around the globe are finding ways to give back to their communities, lending support to those who need it most during this unprecedented moment in time.

From feeding the hungry to making proprietary tech and resources available for scientists to develop a vaccine, here are few ways that companies are trying to make a difference in the fight against coronavirus.

  1. Keeping Our Hands Clean

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, one of the first items to disappear from grocery and pharmacy shelves was hand sanitizer, and manufacturers haven’t been able to keep up with the frenzied demand these days. So companies in other industries are stepping up to fill the gap.

Anheuser-Busch is brewing more than beer during the pandemic—the company is now producing hand sanitizer out of several of their flagship and partner breweries across the U.S. to support the American Red Cross and critical relief efforts. The initial production runs from their Baldwinsville, NY, brewery—totaling nearly 175,000 eight-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer—were sent to support communities in California, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

But they aren’t alone, in fact, many distilleries, small and large, have shifted their production into hand sanitizer. Here’s a list of all distilleries around the country, state by state. See if your local distillery is on the list and give them your business.

  1. Making Gear for Healthcare Workers

While Gap Inc. stores are temporarily closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the company has shifted its resources to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (masks, gowns, and goggles) for healthcare workers on the front lines of the epidemic in the U.S.

The company has tapped into their expansive supply chain and long-standing relationships to connect their vendors directly with hospitals in need to immediately source personal protective equipment, including millions of masks and gowns. Their team is actively working with California hospital networks, including Kaiser, and is in talks to expand into other regions, including New York.

But again, Gap Inc. is not alone, many small businesses are doing their part to produce PPE. Here’s a list of all the small businesses that have come together to make a difference during this time of crisis.

 

  1. Keeping Kids’ Minds Engaged

While school buildings are closed, Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids and teens through its Stories streaming service at stories.audible.com.

Audible Stories features a wide range of content, from Winnie-the-Pooh for the “littlest listeners,” to literary classics such as Pride and Prejudice, to the ever-popular Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (yes, the U.K. version!) The platform includes audiobooks in eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and Japanese. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.

Listeners aren’t asked to create an account or log in to listen, and they’ll never be asked for any personal information as part of the listening experience.

“Stories will be here so kids everywhere and of all ages can stream incredible content to keep their minds engaged while daily routines are disrupted in these unprecedented circumstances,” the company says.


Our award-winning coaches at the Ignite Your Potential Centers offer a complimentary 25-minute phone session to help you make the most of this time during COVID19. We are home to the #1 San Francisco career coach and Los Angeles career coach, let us show you how we earned that praise.People everywhere are grappling with the way COVID-19 has affected daily life. Millions are suddenly unemployed, schools and some businesses are closed indefinitely, even certain essential items are in short supply.

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3 Ways Diversity Makes Your Team Stronger

Having a diverse workforce is not about showing a rainbow of faces on your company’s “About Us” page. Diversity makes your team stronger, more cohesive, and high-performing.

Boosted Creativity

The bottom line is that when you bring new ideas, different viewpoints, and communication styles to a workplace, you are engineering a diversity of thought—one that is agile and can solve any problem. We all have a perspective that we bring to the table and a diverse team can reduce a company’s blind spots.

An added bonus is that diverse teams are more creative because employees are exposed to multiple attitudes and means of expression.

Higher Retention

When your brand promotes diversity, you are not just saying you are a progressive company, you are creating and expanding the fabric of the US. Millennials are the most diverse generation in this country’s history, in fact, 44% of them are minorities. And 47% actively look for companies that have diversity and inclusion programs when deciding on a job offer.

If an employee knows their company understands and appreciates the value of diversity—they are going to be more fulfilled because they can be themselves at work, regardless of race or sexuality.

Bigger Profits

As if boosted creativity and higher retention weren’t enough, adding diversity to your team also results in bigger profits.

One study by BCG found that diverse teams can raise revenues by 19%. Why is that? If you have a diverse workforce, they are more likely to relate to and understand the needs of a particular client.

Looking to add diversity to your team but not sure where to start? Our award-winning coaches at the Ignite Your Potential Centers offer a complimentary 25-minute phone session to help you meet your team-building goals. We are the #1 career coaches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, let us show you how we earned that praise.

5 Ways to Deal with Difficult People (at Work)

Do you have a hard time being around a certain someone at work? You are not alone. Coexisting with unpleasant coworkers is a difficult task that we might encounter once or multiple times in our lives. Instead of dreading going into work, equip yourself with skills to be able to handle them.

Stay centered

It is a natural reaction to want to lash out when you are aggravated. However, losing your temper will only exacerbate the issue. Next time you feel annoyed and need to calm down fast, try out these meditation techniques made for the work environment.

Be respectful but come to expect their behavior

Toxic people take pleasure in bringing out the worst in others. If this reminds you of your coworker, the best solution is to be respectful. Not reacting the way they are expecting may deter future incidents. Nina Brown in her book “Working with the Self-Absorbed” suggests it is best to come to expect their behavior. Don’t waste energy trying to change them, argue with them, or expect something different. Don’t empathize with them like you might with your other co-workers. A somewhat cool, detached relationship may be the best you ought hope for.

Address the issue

If a coworker has become so challenging where it is clearly affecting your work, you must tell someone. Address the issue with your superior so that a solution can be made or at least you all can begin documenting their inappropriate behavior.

Self-care

Dealing with someone challenging is an additional stress on your life. This is a great time to increase your self-care. Self-care is taking care of all the things you need to have in place in order to be healthy. It can include the right amount of sleep, exercise, connecting with friends and loved ones, and taking good care of your body. But when times are particularly tough you can also include massage, walks in nature, journaling, seeing a therapist or life coach, basically taking extra good care of you. Self-care helps us build resiliency and supports our wellness through difficult times.

Rise above

If a coworker makes an unpleasant comment, you can excuse yourself from the conversation. Sometimes, the best solution is to walk away. It’s okay to set boundaries where you draw a line and say you are not comfortable with the way the meeting or conversation is going and you want to stop and resume later with a manager present.

After reading this article, may you inspire to handle difficult coworkers better. And remember, all of the award-winning coaches at the Ignite Your Potential Centers offer a complimentary 25-minute phone session to help meet your life and career goals. We are the #1 career coaches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, let us show you how we earned that praise.