Today’s Solutions: October 03, 2022

The coronavirus’s impact on the global economy is frightening and uncertain. The Optimist Daily is finding positivity in this volatile time with the help of our partners at Just Capital. They have shared numerous stories this week about finding the economic silver lining in the dark cloud of a pandemic. 

One of these stories is about Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which has created a fund to give its employees worldwide paid sick leave. The fund would provide compensations for all of its extended workforce missing work due to illness, quarantine, or risk of infection. The fund would cover all income that would have been provided to these employees if they had been coming in to work as regularly scheduled. 

Google has asked that all of its North American employees work remotely for the moment. Unfortunately, for hourly workers in the service industry, COVID-19 poses threats to their livelihood as they forgo critical income due to quarantine and reduced business.

This is a big solution for individuals who do not have the savings to live for a protracted period of time without income. Microsoft has made a similar announcement this week and Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and many other chains, has announced it will provide paid sick leave for all of its hourly workers as well. 

It is all too easy to see the frightening negative economic impacts of coronavirus, but acknowledging solutions and community action being taken to counteract economic instability are important for seeing the power that positive corporate actions can have in tumultuous times like these.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

How to “unghost” a past friend, according to friendship experts

In a perfect world, no one would ever end a personal relationship by abruptly stopping all communication with no explanation—In other words, “ghosting.” However, ...

Read More

Americans are finally starting to embrace the bidet

Bidet sales are up in America! Editorial confession: We’ve been hoping to write something like that for a long time. If you don’t know ...

Read More

Mental health: Learn the difference between ‘loneliness’ and ‘being alone’

For the past few years, we’ve been told that loneliness is a public health crisis, as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes each day. The messaging is that ...

Read More

3 lifestyle hacks to help you become a little happier

There is no one path to finding happiness, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make to become more receptive to happiness. Without ...

Read More