LinkedIn will give workers next week off in a bid to combat burnout, a move that comes as large companies are trying to find ways to help Zoom-fatigued employees.
LinkedIn will give its 15,900 full-time employees a paid week off starting April 5, according to CNN.
A small group of core workers will keep things running and will schedule their time off at a later date.
Teuila Hanson, LinkedIn’s chief people officer, told CNN the company decided to give employees the week after seeing how employees felt “energized” following the company’s December holiday shutdown.
LinkedIn did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.
“We wanted to make sure we could give them something really valuable, and what we think is most valuable right now is time for all of us to collectively walk away. And what is really nice after a shutdown, you come back and you don’t have a barrage of emails or meeting notes that you feel like you have catch up on or you feel like you have to peek at your email,” Hanson said.
Burnout is a significant issue plaguing white collar knowledge workers. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job—and that has only been exacerbated during the pandemic, researchers say. Remote workers are putting in longer hours at home, leading to an increased sense of isolation and exhaustion. Companies like Linkedin have an incentive to combat burnout, which results in unproductive, disengaged employees as well as higher turnover. According to researchers at Stanford University, burnout costs employers $120-190 billion per year in healthcare costs alone.
Google gave its employees a day off in September for “collective being” to deal with burnout. Facebook allowed workers to take the entire week of Thanksgiving off. Other companies have expanded access to online mental health resources or coaching employees on how to better support workers dealing with pandemic-related stress.
As vaccination rates improve, large tech firms, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon, are already making plans to go back into the office later this year, with some, including Uber, opting to open offices with limited capacity this month.
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When LinkedIn employees return to the office, they’ll have the ability to “work flexibility up to 50% of the time.” Several companies, including Salesforce and Microsoft, have committed to hybrid work schedules where workers only come into the office a few days a week.