Nike shut down its global headquarters for a week and ordered thousands of office workers to down tools in an effort to mitigate burnout from the pandemic.
The American sportswear giant’s corporate employees were encouraged to “unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones” last week. “Do not work,” one manager wrote on LinkedIn.
Executives at the group sought to send a “clear message” by temporarily closing offices across its vast international base on the outskirts of Portland.
Matt Marrazzo, senior manager for global market science, stressed that the move was more than a “week off” for staff. It amounted to “an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done”, he wrote. “Support your people. It’s good business but it’s
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