The sportswear company Nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them de-stress life's challenges and worries caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant gave its employees a week-long mental health break. It closed its offices August the 23rd the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy additional time to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus helping to combat "burnout". Nike's senior manager global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message - take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working as usual.
Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the lead considering the mental health its workers. He said: "Taking time rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive impact the culture work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week was "an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done". He said it was important a company to think its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do."