Nike gives employees the week off for their mental health


Amid the pandemic, most companies have shifted to work from home setup. While the arrangement has granted for more family bonding and me-time, it can still take its toll on people’s mental health.

Recognizing how the pandemic can affect its employees, global shoe and apparel giant Nike decided to close its corporate office from August 25 to 30. As per, Nike made this decision so their workforce can spend time to focus on mental health, and additional time to rest and recover in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Marrazzo, a senior manager in the company, announced that Nike’s Beaverton, Oregon headquarters is “powering down” for a full week via a LinkedIn post. “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,” he said. “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.”

It is not just a “week off” for the team, Marrazzo said, but it is also “an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done.”

Doesn’t gestures like this make you want to submit your job application to Nike? With this move, Nike joins other companies that have pushed for the prioritization of its employees’ mental health by giving them more time off. 

Now more than ever, it’s important companies pay attention to the well-being of their workforce. While it’s important to stay productive and proactive, it’s equally vital people get some much-deserved rest time. After all, a company is only as strong as its force.

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