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Headquarter Employees Of Nike To Get A Week's Break To Beat Pandemic Burnout

Headquarter Employees Of Nike To Get A Week's Break To Beat Pandemic Burnout
Sport wear giant Nike has given a week off to all of the its staff at the company’s corporate headquarters in Oregon for them to support their mental health prior to them returning back to the office for regular jobs.
Starting Monday, the US firm has decided to "power down" to give rest for a week to its employees until Friday following a tough year for all.
"Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones," the firm's head of insights Matt Marrazzo said in a message to staff.
Similar measures were implemented by the dating app Bumble and Linkedin.
There were multiple reports of burn outs for an increasing number of employees with the Covid-19 pandemic dragging on and many employees still continuing to work from home.
With Covid-19 infections continue to surge across the United States, a number of large US American companies including Apple, Uber and the Wall Street bank Wells Fargo have also postponed their plans for getting back employees to office for work. 
"Do not work" Marrazzo told Nike staff, making the announcement on Linkedin last week, and added that the past year had been "rough" and they were "living through a traumatic event".
"In a year (or two) unlike any other, taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane. 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 said in the announcement.
According to analysts, this move by the company also reflects the fact that the last year had been a very successful one for Nike with strong growth in sale revenues and a 20 per cent jump in its share prices.
In a similar announcement in June, the dating app Bumble, where the women are in charge of making the first move, directed its staff worldwide, numbering about 700, to completely switch off and focus on themselves before carrying on with work.
Company founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had made the move "having correctly intuited our collective burnout", revealed one senior executive of the dating app firm on Twitter.
Employees of the Microsoft owned professional networking site LinkedIn also gave a week off to its workers in April this year to recuperate mentally. In March, Citi Group announced that it would have "Zoom-free Fridays" so that its employees could cope up with pandemic fatigue.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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