Nike Gives Head Office Staff Week-Long Mental Health Break

Sportswear giant Nike has given its head office employees a week off to support their mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Marrazzo, Nike senior manager of global marketing science, announced in a LinkedIn post that the head office in Beaverton, Oregon is “powering down for a full week off” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.

“Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message: Take the time to unwind, destress, and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work,” Marrazzo said.

“Taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane,” Marrazzo further said, acknowledging that “this past year has been rough.”

Marrazzo also said that the week-long break was “an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done,” calling it “the right thing to do.”

The move follows similar ones from dating app Bumble last June and from LinkedIn last April.

Last May, Nike announced its return to office in September.

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