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For many businesses, the first week in November marks the beginning of all the planning and quota-meeting stress that can accompany its fourth quarter planning. Once every four years, that week also brings Presidential Election Day, adding to the busyness and to-do lists. Despite the changes and upheaval of 2020 and the need to properly plan for a successful 2021, Ardent has remained committed to their employees having the flexibility and time to engage in their communities, at both the volunteer and civic levels.
In addition to the 40 annual hours that Ardent employees have to volunteer with the cause or organization that is most important to them, Ardent is also participating in a nationwide program for employees to get PTO for voting. In September of 2020, before the voter registration dates past, Ardent CEO Rich Fox sent out an email to employees saying:
We’re happy to announce that Ardent has joined over 700 (& counting) companies across the U.S. at www.electionday.org who are committing to providing paid leave policies & sharing information that support their employees’ active participation in our democracy. While it’s a Presidential Election year, there are also local, county, and state wide races on top of the Congressional races that are on the ballot and need our attention.
As part of our commitment to lifelong education and learning, Ardent is excited to be able to encourage employees to stay involved in, educated about, and engaged with the democratic process and to offer them the opportunity to more easily participate on Election Day with paid time off for the occasion.
Located and headquartered in Rochester, New York, Ardent shares the city with the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. In a historic partnership, the museum and Mattel (of Barbie fame) have designed a Susan B. Anthony doll as part of the Mattel's Inspiring Women collection to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.
It's exciting to be part of a city that values history and education, particularly about crucial and significant history, which is how all progress is possible. And just like we encourage our clients to use blended learning solutions for the most effective learning experiences, we want our employees to be engaged and educated in all sorts of creative ways - including museums and even historic Barbie dolls.
We know that learning doesn’t just make better employees and prepared professionals; it helps people become better citizens and community members. Our commitment to empowering people through education and learning doesn’t just apply to our clients, but also to our own teams.
To discover how custom learning solutions can help empower and engage your teams, get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about Ardent's corporate culture, history, and open job postings here.