- Dating platform Bumble closes offices for a week
- Bumble wants to give some time off to the employees who have been burnt out due to COVID-19
- The decision from Bubmle have earned them respect and praise on social media
World’s most valued dating platform, Bumble, has temporarily closed its offices this week to allow all of its employees a chance to de-stress and revitalise. According to the Bloomberg report, close to 700 employees of the dating app have been told to take a “much needed break” to recover from COVID-19 induced burnout.
The decision from the company was praised widely on the micro-blogging platform Twitter as well as Bumble’s head of editorial content, Clare O’Connor, on Monday. In her now-deleted tweet, Ms O’Connor said that founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had taken the action “having correctly intuited our collective burnout”.
The past year has been a very busy one for Bumble.
The dating application, which allows women to make the first move, made its stock market debut in February this year. The pandemic-induced lockdown only contributed to its popularity as lakh of people, quarantined at home, swiped right to beat the lockdown blues.
Going by the report from BBC, the number of paid users across Bumble and Badoo, which Bumble also owns, spiked by 30% in the three months to 31 March.
Now, Bumble’s decision to allow its employees a week off was widely praised on social media.
Good publicity and a morale boost for staff. Win win.— William (@Wintin67) June 22, 2021
Wow! This is a big deal, especially in America where paid leave is scarce!— The Lanarkshire Laird (@Lshire_Laird) June 22, 2021
Bumble closes to give 'burnt-out' staff a week's break https://t.co/44LWaSiLa6
Useful curative measure: will be interesting to see what longer term preventative measures are settled upon to avoid rather than treat burn-out. #burnout #wellbeing #workplacewellness Bumble closes to give 'burnt-out' staff a week's break https://t.co/k0Tr9jRuxg— Nikki Alderson (@NikkiAlderson2) June 22, 2021
The holiday announcement from Bumble comes when many companies all around the globe are unveiling plans for the future of remote work as the economy reopens.
For example, one of the biggest tech giants, Google, has changed its work-from-home policy in a bid to get more people back to its US offices.
The US-based tech giant has said that employees who wish to Work From Home (WFH) for more than 14 days a year will have to apply to do so.
In the meantime, according to a report from The Verge, Apple employees are pushing back against a new policy that will make it mandatory for them to be in the office at least three days a week from September.