Participating in elections is a fundamental freedom in a functioning democracy. Marginalized groups, including women and Black Americans, have had to fight for the right here in the U.S. The fight for social justice and equality continues and, along with concerns around voter health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an even greater sense of urgency for accessibility to voting.
Laws vary by state governing whether and how much time off employees are given to vote in elections. And even in those states that do require employers to provide paid time off, it can be difficult for individuals to navigate logistical challenges to make time in the day to do so. It’s hard to anticipate how long it will take to cast your vote, manage transportation to polling places and arrange childcare, and that uncertainty can be the tipping point between voting or not. Having the day off from work not only provides flexibility to cast your own vote, it also provides the option to help others get to the polls, participate in phone banks, and volunteer in the community.
That’s why Credly has designated Election Day as an official company holiday. We want to make it not only easy but a priority for employees to participate in the election process. We’ve also joined Time to Vote, a nonpartisan movement led by the business community, to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country's elections.
“Credly works every day to bring about systemic changes that lead to better equity and access to opportunity in the labor market, and we do that by helping organizations make human capital decisions based on skills and abilities - instead of bias and faulty assumptions - and by democratizing how people receive credit for their abilities,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO of Credly. “Systemic change is also advanced at the ballot box, and we want to make sure all of our employees have the time to cast the votes their conscience requires, and also to volunteer and help others exercise their civic responsibilities.”
Credly employees welcome this new addition to the company holiday calendar. "When volunteering at my local polling station, I loved being able to help my community navigate its way through one of its most critical and impactful tasks - voting,” said Patricia Diaz, Sr. Marketing Manager of Demand Generation at Credly. “Having Election Day be a designated company holiday at Credly means that I get to give all of my time and attention to helping my polling place run smoothly, without having to worry about work or using vacation days."
If you’re interested in learning more about how your organization can be part of the change toward skills-based hiring, contact us.