Tory Burch Is Doing Something Very Different for Her Employees Come November
Who doesn't love Tory Burch? Besides being a crackerjack businesswoman and extremely talented designer, she is also a really good leader.
Building her company from the ground — well her kitchen table — up to a staff in the hundreds, Burch’s employees have always been very important to her. This is why she just penned an essay for "The Wall Street Journal" on why she is giving her employees time off specifically to be used for voting in this upcoming Presidential election.
She writes, "As the CEO of a company, I can ensure that our employees have one less impediment to voting — time off to vote. We are giving our employees time off on Election Day, Nov. 8, and we are making voter registration materials and information available. We call on our fellow corporate citizens to do the same. #TimeOffToVote."
Burch points out that part of our country’s low voter turnout issue — 53.6 percent in 2012 — could be because people felt they couldn’t leave work to perform their civic rights.
"It is rare that a CEO gets to make a decision that is as black and white as this one. Giving employees time off on Election Day will not only facilitate their participation in our democratic system — a net win for all of us — it will also foster a culture in which the importance of voting is recognized and celebrated. I’ll see you at the polls."
It will be interesting to see if other companies follow her lead.
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