Nike, the athletic apparel brand, is allotting a week-long mental health break for its head office staff.
“Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones,” the firm’s head of insights Matt Marrazzo told staff the week before Nike’s Oregon headquarters reopens in September. “It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team… it’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done,” Marrazzo wrote in a statement on LinkedIn.
Hundreds of businesses have been slow to reopen after the pandemic-induced lockdowns shuttered the American economy and sent office workers to operate remotely from home. Companies, such as the dating app, Bumble, gave workers a similar mental-health break. In June, Bumble awarded its entire staff “a paid, fully offline” vacation this week to help them recover from burnout after a year of working through a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic.
“As vaccination rates rise and restrictions ease, we wanted to give the teams a much-deserved week off to recover and refresh a bit,” a Bumble spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. A few of Bumble’s customer support staff will continue to work this week, but these employees will be given an opportunity to take their week of leave in the near future.
Working remotely evidently gained popularity throughout the pandemic, with reports suggesting 2 out of three Americans would accept a pay cut if it means they can continue working from home. The statistics suggest a new American work environment is underway, featuring adaptable schedules and the elimination of the standard office.
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