Bumble’s CEO Gave 'Burnt Out' Staff A Week Off

By Doris Lam

Feeling burnt out? If you're one of Bumble's lucky employees, you were recently given an extra week of holiday to unplug and recover

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO of Bumble speaks on stage during keynote conversation at 2019 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley at San Jose McEnery Convention Center on February 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage)
Cover  Bumble’s CEO, Whitney Wolfe Herd gave all employees a week off to recover from collective burnout (Photo: Getty Images)

Bumble, the dating app where only women can 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 US especially, where vacation days are notoriously scarce, it feels like a big deal.”

Covid-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, from the way we live and work to how we 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 JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are happy to see the end of remote working, requiring all vaccinated employees to return to the office by autumn.

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It’s been a busy year for Bumble. In February, the company made a soaring stock market debut, which earned 31-year-old CEO Wolfe Herd a place on 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 30 percent 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, all 700 of Bumble’s staff had an extra week off—hopefully where they got some well-deserved rest. 

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