Nike hands employees mental health break, closes office for a week
Nike headquarters in Beaverton in September 2017. Beth Nakamura / The Oregonian|OregonLiveLC-

Nike hands employees mental health break, closes office for a week

In order to ensure employees get a mental health break, footwear maker, Nike, has closed its offices for one week.

Although the commencement date was not announced officially, OregonLive reports that Nike's employees in the corporate offices were given a paid-leave.

Reports revealed that companies began placing emphasis on an employee’s mental health by giving them more time off in 2020 and 2021 after the World Health Organization recognized workplace burnout as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ in 2019.

Matt Marrazzo, a senior manager at Nike, posted on his LinkedIn page “It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team ... It’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done.”

Another employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KGW, “It’s not only a chance to recharge and keep us together, but also a thank you for an impressive year.”

Liz Tippett, an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law whose work emphasizes employment law and practices, said it is a good move by companies.

“I like raising the focus of mental health as a basis for people to take their time off, not just when they’re physically ill,” Tippett said. “I think it’s important to recognize the role mental health plays for workers and worker well-being.”

However, it is reported that retail stores remained open meaning that other staff aren't getting it at all and it is yet-to-be determined if they will they it at a later date.

When KGW called a Nike retail store, the person who answered the phone said this was the first they were hearing about the paid time off for corporate employees.

“If it is the case that part-time workers in a retail store are expected to come to work, whereas headquarter offices are not, that also sends a message about which kind of workers they care about and are willing to invest in,” Tippett said.

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