The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on everyday life and severely impacted numerous businesses. Despite this, the crisis has also brought out the best in some organizations.
Whether it's for the community or employees, many businesses are stepping up and showing goodwill in response to the crisis. Here are a few examples:
Stepping Up For The Community
Grocery stores and retailers across the country are adjusting their hours, reserving an hour or two in the morning to allow elderly individuals time to shop.
Health officials have said that individuals over the age of 60 are the most susceptible to the coronavirus. The early hours allow these individuals to shop before the stores get too crowded and allows them to buy food and other necessities before they sell out.
Some businesses are also showing their support to medical personnel on the front lines of the outbreak. Chick-fil-A recently delivered 1,000 meals to hospital workers in Washington, where the outbreak has taken a major toll. Other food services have also announced their intentions to offer free or discounted food to medical personnel and first responders, including Uber Eats, Sweetgreen, and Chipotle.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for college students impacted by schedule changes at their schools.A number of utility, phone and internet companies are also offering assistance to customers who can't pay their bills because the coronavirus pandemic impacted their jobs. Comcast is offering free and discounted internet to low-income families, while AT&T is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone and broadband service when customers can't pay their bills.
Bank of America is giving its customers the option of deferring their mortgages until the crisis is over.
Stepping Up For Employees
Forbes recently highlighted some companies working to help their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
Clothing retailer J.Crew posted on its LinkedIn page that even though it was closing for a few weeks, it would continue to pay employees.
Starbucks has extended its mental health benefits to give employees access to additional video sessions with partner providers and large companies like Apple, McDonald's, Starbucks, Walmart have adjusted their sick leave policies to cover employees who are out of work as a result of coronavirus.
Forbes also reported that CEOs of some airlines are taking steps to help avoid layoffs as their industries are ravaged by the outbreak. Delta's CEO is forgoing his salary for the year in order to diminish layoffs, while the Southwest Airlines CEO has taken a 10% pay cut as a preliminary measure.
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