Nike has given the employees of its US headquarters a week off to “de-stress” and recover from the pressures of the corona pandemic.
The sportswear and athletic footwear brand said the employees of its Oregon headquarters would be put “on hiatus” until Friday. The leadership encouraged staff to ignore all responsibilities to promote their mental health.
“Take the time to relax, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Not working,” writes Matt Marrazzo, Nike’s senior manager of global marketing science, in an open message to staff. “In a year unlike any other, taking time to rest and recover is essential to performing well and staying healthy. stay.”
He acknowledges that “the past year has been difficult” and adds that staff must recognize that “we are all human beings” and endure a traumatic event.
Marrazzo said the benefits and support for Nike’s workforce is “a good thing, but it’s also the right thing to do. It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team… it’s a recognition that we can prioritize mental health and still do our job,” he added.
This makes Nike one of a growing number of companies that are offering extra time off or concessions in terms of work commitments to combat the burnout caused by the corona pandemic.