Square Survey Finds 76% of Small Business Owners Plan to Give Their
Employees Time Off to Vote this Election Day
Why Small Business Owners Are Encouraging Employee Voter Participation
SAN FRANCISCO -- September 28, 2020
According to a new survey conducted by Square and Wakefield Research, 75% of
U.S. small business owners think voting in the upcoming presidential election
has become more important since pre-pandemic and 96% plan to vote themselves.
But nearly 3 in 4 are concerned that COVID-19 will impact their employees’
abilities to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election and here’s how they
plan to address those concerns:
* More than three-quarters (76%) of small business owners will give
employees time off to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
* Among small business owners giving employees time off to vote, 83% plan to
give paid time off.
* 26% of small business owners would be willing to make Election Day a
company-wide holiday to encourage voting in the presidential election.
Beyond concern that COVID-19 will impact their employees’ abilities to vote in
the presidential election, business owners cite civic responsibility and
community engagement as other motivating factors in deciding to help their
employees make informed voting decisions and find time to vote:
* 67% of small business owners agree it is their civic responsibility to
provide their employees with educational resources to make their own
informed voting decisions.
* 37% of small business owners say the opportunity to make a difference in
the community is the top benefit of giving employees the flexibility to
take time off to vote.
How Square is Encouraging Voter Engagement
This election season, businesses of all sizes, including Square, are looking
for ways to help increase voter participation. From making Presidential
Election Day a U.S. company holiday (starting in 2016) to offering Square
employees time off to vote in U.S. local elections, Square remains committed
to supporting employee civic duty. Earlier this year, Square joined Time to
Vote, a nonpartisan, business-led initiative to help ensure employees across
America don't have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. Square
also partnered with Democracy Works to launch its very own voter assistance
page via TurboVote. Business owners, consumers, Square employees, and anyone
else can learn about their local election deadlines and receive assistance
registering to vote at square.turbovote.org.
About Square, Inc.
Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) revolutionized payments in 2009 with Square Reader,
making it possible for anyone to accept card payments using a smartphone or
tablet. Today, we build tools to empower businesses and individuals to
participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and
in-person, and manage their business. And individuals use Cash App to send and
store money. Square has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan,
Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.
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