Nike gives head office staff a week off to prioritize mental health

Nike has given its head office employees in the US a week holiday to prioritize ‘mental health’ that has occurred from the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to sources, the company’s Senior Manager of Global Marketing Science Matt Marrzzo made the announcement on LinkedIn and wrote, “Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message: Take the time to unwind, distress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work.”

“It’s times like this that I’m so grateful to be a part of this team. In a year (or two) unlike any other, taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane,” he added.

The sportswear and trainers brand is acknowledging that the past year has been rough and its employees are ‘humans’ who has been living through a traumatic event. Therefore, the week off is not just a holiday but concessions for working responsibilities and encouragement for valuing one’s mental stability, said Marrzzo.

Earlier in June, Bumble also gave more than 700 people a free week off in an effort to curb burnout. Similarly, a social media managing platform, Hootsuite, gave its employees off from July 5 to 12.

According to the New York Times, LinkedIn also gave its employees a week off in April and Citi Group announced in March that it would have “Zoom Free Fridays.”

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