Nike has given its head office employees in the US a week off to “destress” and recover from the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sportswear and trainers brand said workers at its headquarters in Oregon would be “powering down” until Friday, with senior leaders encouraging staff to ignore all work responsibilities to aid their mental health.
“Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work,” the Nike senior manager of global marketing science, Matt Marrazzo, said in an open message to staff posted on LinkedIn.
“In a year (or two) unlike any other, taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane.”
He acknowledged that “this past year has been rough”, adding that staff should recognise that “we’re all human” and living through a traumatic event.
It puts Nike among a growing number of businesses offering extra time off, or concessions around working responsibilities, to combat the burnout caused by home working and constant video calls that have blurred the line between personal and professional lives.