Nike gives staff a week-long break as a gesture of mental health support

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Sports brand Nike has given a week-long break to its staff in Oregon, as a gesture of mental health support.

From Monday until Friday, Nike HQ will “power down” to give employees a rest.

The company's head of insights, Matt Marrazzo announced the break on Linkedin.

In a message to staff, he said: "Take the time to unwind, destress 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."

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He also said: "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."It's not just a 'week off' for the team... it's an acknowledgment that we can prioritise mental health and still get work done."

Nike is not the only company to make this step - career networking company Linkedin and dating app Bumble also gave their employees breaks, with regards to their mental health and the coronavirus pandemic.

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In June 2021, Bumble temporarily closed all of its offices to give around 700 of their staff a much-needed break, to combat burnout.

The company's head of editorial content praised Bumble's founder Whitney Wolfe Herd's decision to give staff a paid holiday to combat workplace stress.

Clare O'Connor said, in a now-deleted tweet, managers had "correctly intuited our collective burnout".

She added the break feels like a "big deal", particularly in the United States - where annual leave is "notoriously scarce".