Last week, Bumble closed its office to give staff a ‘much needed’ mental health break. Other companies are following suit despite reports that Gen-Z prefers office life to a work from home setting.
The founder of Bumble, the women-led dating app which employs 700 people worldwide, announced a fully paid, week long office closure to give staff time to focus on their mental wellbeing.
Following the business’s rapid economic growth in the last year, a senior executive said the move was ‘intuitive’, as there had been a ‘collective feeling of burnout’ amongst colleagues.
This isn’t the first time Bumble has displayed its acute awareness for mental health. Bumble’s work hours are not fixed from 9-5, with employees choosing work hours that suit them best – so as long as everything gets done.
Bumble’s offices also have a salon space where their ‘busy bee employees’ can enjoy complimentary manicures and hair treatments every two weeks. Sounds pretty sweet, right?
Another company focusing on the importance of mental health is HubSpot, who is introducing its ‘Global Week of Rest’ from 5th – 9th of July. All employees will be given a paid week off to take time to recharge.
This week is part of its ‘HubSpot Unplugged’ initiative, which was shaped primarily by employee feedback. The company has highlighted how, despite the expectation of our return to normal life in 2021, things aren’t feeling much different for many of us.
To further combat the overwhelming feeling of returning to office, there will be no internal meetings on Fridays and newly offered mental health awareness sessions which will facilitate managing stress at work.
Now, it’s likely that such a heavy focus on wellbeing sounds too utopian for those accustomed to traditional workplaces.
But taking into account the fact that stress and other mental health issues are on the rise, it can’t be a negative thing that companies are striving to make corporate life more tolerable – especially when a large majority of adults spend most of their time in offices.
The pandemic has only amplified these sentiments. From the outset, making adjustments to working from home was a serious obstacle, inconveniencing many businesses.