Bumble, the dating app where women have to make the first move, closed its offices worldwide to give its 700 staff a week-long break to recover from burnout.
The news was revealed on Twitter by Bumble’s head of editorial content, Clare O’Connor on June 21. In the tweet, the employee praised founder Whitney Wolfe Herd’s leadership, stating that she “gave all 700ish of us a paid week off, having correctly intuited our collective burnout. In the U.S. especially, where vacation days are notoriously scarce, it feels like a big deal.”
Covid-19 has affected everything aspect of our lives from the way we live, work and date. In some cases, companies such as Google, Uber, Twitter and Microsoft have extended their remote working policies, allowing employees more flexibility over their working arrangements. However, as the world begins to open up again, corporations such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are happy to see the end of remote working, requiring all vaccinated employees to return to the office by Autumn.
It’s been a busy year for Bumble. In February, the company made a soaring stock market debut, which brought 31-year-old CEO, Wolfe Herd into the Forbes’ billionaire list. As in-person dating slowly becomes relevant again, the number of dating app users continues to rise. In May, Bumble reported a thirty per cent increase of paid users across Bumble and Badoo, another dating app that Bumble owns.
It’s not the first time the Bumble CEO has spoken up about the importance of rest. In a BBC interview in 2017, Wolfe Herd stressed the importance of work-life balance, even suggesting people take time off in order to make it happen. And, leading by example this week, all 700 of Bumble’s staff got a week off—hopefully getting some well-deserved rest.