Parasite. Slumdog Millionaire. Gladiator. Hidden Figures. The Matrix. Schindler’s List. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Milk. Titanic. Shakespeare in Love.
What do these widely-varied films have in common, other than the fact that they won awards or did well at the box-office?
More importantly, what could they possibly have to do with you, PayActiv, and this moment?
Each film is about ACCESS.
Whether it is the South Korean family trying to access a better life in Parasite, the African-American women scientists at NASA seeking inclusivity in Hidden Figures, or a 16th century actress who must pretend to be a man to audition for a play, ACCESS is the theme of each movie.
ACCESS is also the theme of PayActiv. It is what PayActiv was founded upon. It is the key element of our mission, vision, and values.
If you are a partner employer, it is now a key part of your mission, vision, and values, too. We’re honored that you’ve chosen to work with us and give ACCESS to your employees.
Why is ACCESS so important? Why is it the foundation of everything PayActiv does?
Because ACCESS = freedom.
Freedom is not only the literal founding cornerstone of our society, but as many philosophers have pointed out, a fundamental human right. If you remember your basic logic class, if ACCESS = freedom, and freedom is a fundamental human right, then—
ACCESS is a fundamental human right.
In fact, it’s written right there in the United States’
Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
Liberty. Freedom. ACCESS.
PayActiv has discovered that once ACCESS is granted to one thing – earned wages – it creates a virtuous cycle. Access creates freedom, and employees use that freedom to enhance every aspect of their lives. They have the freedom to spend more time with family, to eat better, to exercise more, to enhance their skills, and countless other activities that they had no freedom to do before.
As they engage in those activities that enhance their lives, more opportunities to do so arose, and the virtuous cycle just kept going.
For you, their employer, we see material increases in productivity and retention. That continues the virtuous cycle with you.
ACCESS is what PayActiv is about. ACCESS is what you are about now, too, even if you didn’t realize it before.
The coronavirus crisis has suddenly shined a light on just
how much ACCESS is taken for granted. The most basic necessities of life –
money, food, good health, social gatherings – are now restricted. What was always accessible is not necessarily
readily available. In fact, some things
we readily accessed – like friends and family – might even be dangerous to us
Crisis always reveals the holes in a system. Crisis has revealed the holes in everyone’s ability to ACCESS the important things in life.
Think about this: America was founded on a revolution. What does “revolution” actually mean? It means “a course back to its starting point”. America’s founders did not have freedom, and freedom is the natural order of things – the starting point.
With the current payroll system of biweekly payments, workers do not have freedom. They require a revolution – a course back to the natural order of things. You are part of a revolution with PayActiv as your partner. It is a revolution to bring freedom to workers.
We hope you are proud of what you are doing by partnering
with PayActiv. You are on the front lines in a revolution to bring ACCESS to
your employees. They are already showing
their gratitude with increased productivity.
If you take some time and talk to them, you will be touched and moved by their stories of how PayActiv has changed their lives — just as we discover every day.
That is true now, more than ever. With workers stuck at home and possibly laid off, they would appreciate hearing from you. Give them access to you, and your time.
On behalf of everyone at PayActiv, we are proud to be partnered with you.
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