When we are afraid, we make a choice. There is light, and then there is darkness. There is fear, and then there is hope.
We are trudging tepidly down a tunnel of uncertainty – chaos even. While there is no playbook, there are distinct paths you can choose to go down. We could choose to look out for ourselves, or to assist our fellow humans.
When you walk into the grocery store today, you see much more than half-bare shelves. You can see fear. Eyes diverted to the ground, instinctual dirty looks at the sound of a sneeze, confusion, exhaustion. An unsettling lack of human connection that we’ve taken for granted all of our lives. Social distancing personified.
But the truth is, despite this fear, the saying “we are all in this together” has never rung truer. Globally, across cultures, races, gender, age, and creeds, we are united by our humanity. It is our duty as a citizen of earth to do right by mankind and help – even when we have nothing to give. During these times, the fastest way to feel better is to help others. And during a pandemic, with a lock-down, maybe it’s all we can do?
Whether in your community, company, neighborhood, church, or social group, there is good work to be done. My business, Placers, has been a student of the workforce and workplace realities for 50 years. In the span of five days, that workforce reality has shifted. Here’s what we’re going to do about it:
At Placers we are making the following Acts of Kindness Promises:
We will be your career coach free of charge to assist you with any and all part of your job search. Resume templates, virtual interview prep, job leads (associated with Placers or not), you name it we’ll do everything in our power to assist you during your job search. Simply fill out this quick form and we’ll connect you with a helping hand. No strings attached.
We currently have temporary work for folks that need short-term funds. There are some industries that desperately need workers, like healthcare, manufacturing, and cleaning services. If you’re currently looking for interim work, or know anybody who is, introduce yourself via this quick form and we’ll work to connect you with these open positions.
We will act as a consultant to businesses who need a 90-day plan – free of charge. If you’re a business owner or a leader of an organization, this is not the time to go it alone. Whether you need connections to experts or want to discuss the challenges your facing and strategies for keeping your business strong, call me. Placers helps businesses with their people strategies all of the time and we’ll provide you with consultative support free of charge. Now is the time to join a leadership or small business group and to reach out to local chambers, associations, and suppliers that want to help. We truly are all in this together.
We promise to go above and beyond in our individual communities. The truth is, if you and your family are currently healthy, have a roof over your head, and cabinets filled with food, you’re lucky. Chances are most of you who read this will fall into that category. Now is the time for us all to be heroes in small ways and big for those who aren’t as fortunate. There are countless opportunities right now to stand up and make a difference – to be a bright light when everything else feels pretty dark. My team and I made a commitment to do just that. We hope that you’ll join us!
To be clear, Placers is not immune to the challenges of today. We’re facing reductions in business, have had to say goodbye (hopefully temporarily) to members of our team, and are taking each day as it comes. We’re going to fight with all that we have and make sacrifices for the greater good of the Placers family. All that to say, things are tough for us too – and the best thing we can do is continue to give back despite the circumstances.
On that note, the headlines these days all feel pretty bleak. The truth is, there is still so much good in the world. To remind you of that, I’ve curated a handful of my favorite recent positive headlines – enjoy.
Stay safe out there my friends and remember that Placers has your back.
Stories that will make you feel good:
- Corner Store Owner Gives Away More Than $6,000 in Free Goods to Seniors Preparing for Quarantines
- Customer Left $2,500 Tip for Restaurant Staffers Before They Closed Up Shop
- Woman Starts Doing Grocery Runs for Older Neighbors to Reduce Their Exposure to the Coronavirus
- A free printable door hanger that lets neighbors know you’re available to help
- Watch Quarantined Italians Join Together and Sing From Their Balconies to Lift Community Spirits
- Videos Capture Penguins Going On Adorable ‘Field Trip’ Around Their Aquarium During Shutdowns