In just a few short weeks, life as we know it has been completely upended. But amid all the uncertainty and fear, it’s really inspiring to see Michigan businesses stepping up for their communities.

Here are just a few ways local businesses are helping to combat the virus:

1) Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer

I don’t think anyone expected we would run of hand sanitizer so quickly. To help slow the spread of the disease and protect residents, many distilleries have switched to producing hand sanitizer rather than spirits.

Employees at Michigrain, a distillery in Lansing, have even been putting in 16-hour days to keep up with demand. Although it’s hardly glamorous work, hand sanitizer does play a key role in keeping people safe from the disease!

2) Manufacturers Pivoting to Producing PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is also in short supply, with many vital healthcare workers having to reuse or go without masks while treating patients. In order to help keep these workers safe, many automotive manufacturers in the area have now switched to producing face masks and other PPE.

Another benefit of this pivot is that it provides gainful employment to auto workers who might otherwise be laid off by the current shelter-in-place order.

3) Local Restaurants Partnering with City of Detroit and Food Gatherers to Donate Food

With enormous numbers of unemployment claims being filed every week, it’s more important than ever to support local food banks. The city of Detroit and Food Gatherers have partnered with local restaurants to accept food donations for those in need. In particular, they are prioritizing food that would otherwise go to waste due to restaurant closures.

Qualigence Cares

Although we don’t have the ability to produce any vital goods, the team at Qualigence has been doing everything we can to help others in need.

We know a lot of recruiters are hurting because of the downturn, so we’ve offered all of the courses at the Recruitment Education Institute at no cost. Our CEO & founder is giving away digital copies of his book Recruiting Sucks…But it Doesn’t Have To. Last but not least, we recently pitched in to buy lunch for a full floor of employees at a local hospital. We’re immensely grateful for the brave men and women on the frontlines fighting against COVID-19 and a free meal is the least we can do.

We’re here to help you and your organization any way we can. If you need advice on how to manage your talent needs through this tough situation, give us a call at 734-432-6300.