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Most people have a fairly standard Monday-Friday schedule: Arrive at work somewhere between 8-9:30 a.m., take lunch around noon and make their way home between 5-6 p.m. In many ways, the workforce operates like a well-oiled machine.

Thankfully, people power our workforce (for now) and of the many things humans hold over machinery, one quality is compassion. Demonstrating just that, the CEO and co-founder of &pizza made headlines recently for giving away more than 30,000 free pizzas to furloughed government employees. Chef Jose Andres, another restaurateur, gave Washington, D.C., furloughed workers free meals. Cell phone companies (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon) and banks (Citi, Chase, American Express, Capital One) also showed they care by waiving late fees and making payment plan exceptions.

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