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When analyzing whether employers are doing the right thing for their workers, who wouldn’t swipe right when they see a company that provides an extra paid week off for its employees’ peace of mind?
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has done that for 700 employees, setting them free for vacation as Americans deal with burnout.
No strings, either.
A representative for the dating app told CNBC that the move is on top of employees’ normal vacation allowance.
In a statement Bumble said that like most people, “our global team has had a very challenging time during the pandemic. …
“As vaccination rates have increased and restriction have begun to ease, we wanted to give our teams around the world and opportunity to shut off and focus on themselves for a week.”
Bumble’s head of editorial content, Clare O’Connor, tweeted that Wolfe Herd had “correctly intuited our collective burnout….
“In the U.S. especially, where vacation days are notoriously scarce, it feels like a big deal.”
That Monday tweet, though widely reported, is no longer available.
Many companies are experimenting with similar options, including four-day work weeks, to combat increased stress levels.
Social media management platform Hootsuite is giving workers a week next month, too, though it will come over most of the month to ensure its customers don’t have to deal with service interruptions.
In April, LinkedIn delivered its nearly 16,000 workers a week off, citing employee surveys that showed “clear burnout.”
“I think the reality of the weight of the pandemic really took its toll,” Teuila Hanson, the chief people officer for LinkedIn, told CNN this spring. “What we think is most valuable right now is time for all of us to collectively walk away.”
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