Sportswear giant Nike has given its head office employees a week off, as the latest company to offer workers time off to support their mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Matt Marazzo, senior director of global marketing science at Nike, said in a LinkedIn post on Friday that Nike’s Beaverton, Oregon, headquarters were “off” for the week starting Monday.
He said, “Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message: take the time to relax, unwind and spend time with your loved ones. Does not work.
Marazzo said she believes taking the time to rest and recover is “the key to performing well and staying healthy.”
Last year has been ‘rough’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Marazzo describing it as a ‘painful event’. However, Marazzo said he “hopes that the empathy and grace we continue to show our teammates will have a positive impact on the work culture going forward.”
Marazzo believed Nike’s decision recognized that “we can put mental health first and keep working.”
Naik did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Nike is following the dating app Bumble, which implemented a company-wide vacation week in June to combat burnout. Bumble announced in July that it was ruling out the collective week of permanent biannual benefits.
LinkedIn gave most of its 15,900 employees a week off with pay in April to give workers a chance to rejuvenate.
LinkedIn Director of Human Resources Teyla Hanson said it was “inspiring to see how our employees return to work and feel refreshed again.”
“It reminds me of how important corporate culture, employee well-being and mental health are to any business,” said Hanson.
A recently released study by workforce analysis firm Vizier, which surveyed 1,000 full-time employees in the United States, found that 89% of employees reported experiencing burnout in the course of their career. the last year. Additionally, 70% of those surveyed said they would quit their current job for another organization with better resources to reduce feelings of burnout.