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Mental health break: Nike announces a week off for head office staff

Published: 31st Aug 2021 4:07 pm

Sportswear and trainers brand Nike has given its head office employees in the US a week off to ‘destress’ and recover from the pressures of Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work,” the firm’s head of insights Matt Marrazzo said in a message to staff posted on LinkedIn.

This comes as a growing number of employees have reported feeling burnt out as the pandemic drags on and many continue to work from home.

“This past year has been rough – we’re all human! and living through a traumatic event! – but I’m hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our teammates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving forward,” Matt continued in his post.

Well, apart from Nike, dating app Bumble and LinkedIn have also made similar moves. They explain that the move eases the burnout caused by working from home and constant video calls that have blurred the lines between personal and professional lives.

“..it’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritise mental health and still get work done,” Matt mentioned in his long message.

As infections see a surge across the US, big US firms such as Apple, Uber and bank Wells Fargo have also delayed plans for staff to return to the office.

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