Nike is making mental health a priority ahead of productivity for some employees.
The global brand closed its corporate offices for one week so that employees could, “enjoy additional time off to rest and recover,” said Nike’s press statement. The choice to close for a week has been applauded by Nike employees in Beaverton, Oregon, where the brand’s headquarters sit.
However, while Nike corporate employees will receive a paid week off, Nike retail stores will remain open.
In 2019 the World Health Organization announced that workplace burnout is an “occupational phenomenon,” and for the first time qualified burnout as a work hazard. Under this classification, workers can seek medical help for something other than physical illness or physical health issues.