8 Companies Empowering Their Employees To Vote

 

Helping to encourage employees to vote, and making sure they get the time off to do so, is a fantastic and mutually beneficial form of corporate engagement that shows a commitment to the underlying facets of our shared citizenship in a democracy. But it can be a tricky ideal for a corporate entity to enact, as the workplace (even a virtual one) needs to remain an apolitical safe zone so as not to encourage the kind of disagreements it’ll be harder to avoid in a few weeks at Thanksgiving dinner (even a socially distanced one.)

One study says that modern consumers are more likely to feel loyal to brands that take clear stances on important issues, and this surely holds true for employees as well. Letting employees take the time they need to perform their civic duty during election season is a shining example of the way companies can show employees that they have respect for them and their time. So how do companies encourage political action without specifying who to vote for? It’s a tricky but increasingly necessary dance, most especially in 2020’s hyper-political moment. Each of these 8 companies can teach the world something about how to be pro-democracy and, in turn, pro-voter.


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

Concentrix is paying all hourly U.S. staff an additional four hours in their first November paychecks to ensure they feel no financial impact from taking time off to vote, no matter who they vote for—or if they even choose to vote at all. Additionally, we have provided our staff with links to non-partisan websites where they can research voting decisions and issues, as well as learn where and when to vote in their states.

Why is it important to you to support your team members to get out and vote?

Concentrix believes in the critical importance of U.S. citizens’ right to vote and we want to ensure that our staff can exercise that right without worry about any potential impact to their job and their finances. Among our staff are potentially thousands of people for whom this election will be their first opportunity to vote and we want to encourage not only their participation but the participation of all staff who want to have a say in the future of our democracy.

Is this a new initiative? How has it been received and what does it say about what other leaders can be doing in this important area?

This is the first time we’ve offered this program, and it has been received quite positively by our staff.  Here are a few quotes/comments:

“Just incredibly proud that our company is willing to pay employees to go vote.“

“Wonderful incentive! Thank you for creating an easier path for our hourly team members to exercise their very important right.”

“This is really awesome! Thank you to you and our organization for making this easy and stress-free for our staff to vote!”

“I wanted to thank you! A pivotal time in our country and it’s great to see our Company embracing that.”

Encouraging and enabling staff to participate in elections demonstrates a commitment to the democratic process and how much you support your people’s right to vote. By implementing exciting programs like our U.S. Votes initiative that encourage engagement and active participation, you send a message that you’re fanatical about your staff and want them to learn and grow. When you work to remove those barriers to participation like we’ve done, you promote a positive workplace and culture where staff feel valued and their voices are heard.

Check Out Concentrix’ Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

We are committed to giving our employees the time and the tools they need to exercise their right to vote in the November general election and as such, all US employees will be off on Tuesday, November 3rd off to fulfill their civic duty and vote. We shared non-partisan resources with all US employees on topics from voter registration to how to find your polling place to how to volunteer on Election Day.

Why is this a benefit you chose to give to your employees? 

Voter turnout in the U.S. is one of the lowest in the world and one of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they are too busy with the demands of life and work or they can’t get the time off. We wanted to remove as many barriers as possible for our employees to participate in our Democracy.

What have you done to evolve your perks & benefits program in the current shifting business climate? 

While our US employees can take advantage of our flexible time-off policies any year to vote, this year it felt especially important to give designated time off to everyone given the added challenges of voting during a pandemic.

Check Out KeepTruckin’s Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

Salesforce is honoring national election days that fall on weekdays as company holidays, so November 3 is a company holiday for all U.S. employees. This is part of our non-partisan commitment to acknowledge the electoral process in all countries and encourage every eligible employee to vote for the candidates and policies of their choosing, according to their own personal views and opinions. We also provided employees with information on how to volunteer as a poll worker, and created an educational module about civic engagement on our platform Trailhead. We are thrilled that 600 Salesforce employees have signed up to work at the polls this year.

Why is this a benefit you chose to give to your employees? 

At Salesforce, we believe that business is the greatest platform for change, and voting and civic engagement are some of the most important avenues for change. The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout percentages among developed nations, with just 56 percent of Americans exercising their right to vote (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/21/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/) in the 2016 presidential election. That’s why this year, we declared all national federal election days as paid holidays for our employees, so that no employee will have to choose between working or voting on or before Election Day.

What have you done to evolve your perks & benefits program in the current shifting business climate? 

We have always encouraged our employees to take the time they need to get to the polls. This year, as noted above, we declared that going forward, all federal election days that fall on weekdays will be company holidays.

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What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

This year—like every election day in years past—we are giving everyone on the team two hours off to vote during the workday. This year, we also canceled all meetings on election day to ensure everyone can get to the polls.

Why is it important to you to support your employees to get out and vote? 

Having a voice in elections, whether local or national, is something we want to support for everyone on our team. Though our HQ is in San Francisco, our team is spread around the world. So, it’s important for us to do what we can to support our global team’s needs.

Is this a new initiative? What prompted this change?

For several years, we’ve given two hours off during the workday to vote. This year, we also canceled all meetings on election day. We wanted to ensure everyone felt supported and able to vote, especially in such an important election.

Check Out Tophatter’s Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

To ensure without a doubt that everyone has the opportunity to vote, we’ve decided to close Who What Wear for business on Election Day this November 3. All employees will be paid for this day.

Why is it important to you to support your employees to get out and vote?

It’s important to Who What Wear that its employees’ voices are heard and amplified through voting.  We want each and every one of our employees to feel empowered and to know that their voices matter.

Is this a new initiative? What prompted this change?

This is a new initiative for Who What Wear as part of the company’s commitment to leveraging our platform for good and amplifying the voices of our employees.

Check Out Who What Wear’s Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

Instacart is committed to supporting all members of the Instacart community — shoppers, employees, partners, and customers — and ensuring everyone has the tools they need to make their voices heard on Election Day. As part of this commitment and to help increase civic participation, Instacart launched a Civic Action Center to help give voters the tools to check their voter registration, learn more about candidates on the ballot, find their polling locations, and more. Furthermore, leading up to Election Day Instacart launched a number of internal initiatives to support civic engagement, including offering voter education deep dives and encouraging employees to utilize the company’s Voting Time Off policy.

Why is it important to you to support your employees to get out and vote?

Our democracy works best when everyone participates. The team at Instacart believes that voting is the most powerful civic action a person can take and that everyone should have the tools, resources, and time to make their voices heard.

Is this a new initiative? What prompted this change?

At Instacart, access is core to our mission. This fall, we’re making sure everyone has access to their ballot and the critical information they need to cast it. This year, Instacart has also proudly joined the Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition of companies dedicated to promoting democracy and civic participation through fair and transparent elections.

Check Out Instacart’s Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

1. Providing them with information on how to register and how to vote, by absentee, mail, in-person early, or in-person on election day. 2. Giving them whatever resources (mask, sanitizer) and time they need to get out and vote in-person. 3. Highlighting and acknowledging those that have successfully exercised their right.

Why is it important to you to support your employees to get out and vote?

Elections matter.  Elections establish politically dominant platforms, those agendas can impact our team member’s lives, personally and professionally. Further, this election could have a positive or negative impact on our business depending on which party prevails.

Is this a new initiative?

No, Verisys has also supported our team members in exercising their constitutional rights as well as other types of community activism and involvement.

Check Out Verisys Corporation’s Careers Page Here!


What are you doing to empower your employees to exercise their right to vote?

Reminder to staff and encouragement to take advantage of early voting opportunities; provided links to online voting information.  Our time off policy includes the ability to give up to 2 hours off for voting if unable to do so before/after normal work hours.

Why is it important to you to support your employees to get out and vote?

We respect our employees’ right to exercise their civic duties and be involved in their local communities.

Check Out Sunnova’s Careers Page Here!