Nearly three years ago, Ireland faced a choice – equality for all, or give into the panic and old fashioned thinking of a few. I wrote about it here at the time. This week, in just a few days, we’re faced with an even bigger decision and regardless of which way you vote, the most critical factor is that you vote. The message that I was trying to get across then, is equally as important now so I’m reposting it with some relevant edits.
So with just a few days to go until the world’s attention settles on Ireland and the historic decision we have to make as a country, here’s a thought for the employers of Ireland.
You keep saying that you want the brightest, smartest people to work for you. You want people of character, who’ll take responsibility for their actions, who’ll stand up for their opinions. You want thinkers who act, do-ers with ideas. You want people who aren’t afraid to fight their corner. Most of all you want people who engage and are part of the solution, instead of sitting back and being part of the problem. Those are the sort of people you want working for you right?
So next Friday, make a special effort to accommodate your people in their efforts to democratically cast their vote. Don’t rig it so next Friday is the busiest day they’ve had all year, maybe accommodate those who want to vote early, vote at lunchtime, or leave work early to vote, whatever it takes. Don’t force them into the bottleneck of voting before or after work which is the danger zone. For people who need to travel home to vote consider letting them work from home for just one day.
Encourage your people to vote, it’s what responsible people and good employers do. It’s just one day but its the probably the most important one in a generation.
For me, the issue just comes down to a simple question – do we trust the women of Ireland to do what is right if they find themselves in a horrible circumstance? And the answer to that has to be an unqualified ‘Yes” or ‘No’. You can dramatise and demonise, complicate the issue with individual cases and circumstances but in the end the constitution of Ireland is about principles that guide our laws. We either agree that should a situation arise that women, with the aid and supports they have around them, are capable of making the best decision for all parties, or we disagree and take that decision away from them.
Decisions are made by those who show up, make sure your people do.