The coronavirus pandemic has affected our global community in unimaginable ways. Many effects are yet to be revealed. At Navigate, we are taking it day by day and are learning as we go and we want you to know that we are here for you. It’s more important than ever to continue taking care of the safety of yourself and your work family–we’ve always stressed this and will continue to do so. It’s much more than just compliance for us.
By taking care of ourselves and our family first, we can rest assured that the struggles we face today will continue to be challenging, but at the same time, we know that we are in it together and will emerge out of it hopefully stronger than ever. Together, we must not panic and put in the effort to make sure cool heads prevail so that we can get through it–as best we possibly can. We know that many things are out of our control, as is this public health crisis, what is in our control is how we may respond to this.
The good news is there are some reliefs, yet none may be enough to ease the pain of unemployment or sickness. The first set of relief is made under the CARES Act, which is attempting to ‘provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.’ For small businesses, the uncertainty felt during this unprecedented pause has left employers feeling overwhelmed and concerned for not only their business but also their work family. With many other things besides the Payroll Protection Program to consider for relief, like personal health and wellness, tackling a time-sensitive task like applying for relief can be overwhelming. You can also find a full list of resources to help you during this time.
Rest assured that together, we are all working quickly to do what’s best for our family and our community and that we will make it through this with the right precautions you have probably heard way too many times now. They’re quite simple: wash your hands for 20 seconds, practice social distancing, and don’t touch your face.
Aside from the relief available and the basic prevention tips, the most important thing right now is for you to take care of your health and that of your family. This includes your extended family–your friends. Make sure to check-in on those you deeply care about and find ways to have some fun, even if you are cooped up and are feeling uncertain about the future. Heck, you got this far in life already. Now go make the most of it and reconnect with friends and yourself. Practice some meditation, go for a bike ride, read a new book like Principles by Ray Dalio, go paint that guest room, clean out those things you’ve been hoarding, or pick up a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn to prepare yourself for some of the jobs of the future.
Sending all the love in this world to you, my extended family, and hoping for relief to come sooner than later. Do reach out to connect at any time and know that we will get through this and we will be stronger as a result. We just need to help one another from a distance and keep persevering in these trying times. In the words of Ben Franklin, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
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Tom DiSilva has been providing professional human resource services for over 30 years. As the CEO of Navigate PEO, he actively partners with organizations of all sizes in the Greater New England area and across the country to help their businesses grow. He has expertise in HR and Labor Management, offering guidance and support for key areas of business such as negotiations, operations management, employee coaching, and employee benefits design.