Dating app Bumble “closes for a week” so employees can fight “collective burnout” | Business news
Bumble, the dating app where women are taking the first step, has reportedly closed its doors for a week to give its 700 or so employees a “much-needed” break.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, the company’s editor-in-chief praised CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd’s decision to give employees paid leave.
Clare O’Connor said bosses had “recognized our collective burnout right”, adding that the break felt like a “big deal” as annual vacation in the US was “notoriously tight”.
Bumble employees will be back to work on June 28th.
With social distancing that occurs in most of the world during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Dating apps had to quickly change attitudes to keep users busy as people were isolated and quarantined at home – with in-person appointments that have been almost virtual for the past 15 months or so.
More recently, dating apps like Bumble have started offering perks to users to help the government encourage young people to To be vaccinated.
The bonuses include vaccination badges and stickers as well as free “super” likes.
Naomi Walkland, Bumble’s vice president for Europe, said one of the features would allow users to indicate their preference for dating only indoors or outdoors.
She added: ‘The’COVID Conversation is already a priority for two out of three people on Bumble, so it’s important to make it easier to feel comfortable and secure on a date. “
Bumble had a particularly busy year with increasing user numbers and a stock market debut.
The company’s revenue soared to $ 171 million (£ 123 million) in the first quarter of 2021, recent results show, while the number of paying users at Bumble and Badoo who also own Bumble rose 30% compared to the same period has increased last year.
Bumble founder Wolfe Herd also became the youngest female self-made billionaire in the world that year at the age of 31, as well as the youngest woman to take a company public.
The weeklong vacation for Bumble employees comes as companies take a different approach to working in a post officeCOVID World, with some expecting a full return to the office while others offer more flexibility.
Investment firms, including JP Morgan, have one dim prospects for permanent home work.
Google also hopes to bring most of its employees back to the office full-time, with employees who wish to work from home more than 14 days a year will have to apply from September 1st.
Meanwhile, another tech giant Apple will pursue a hybrid work-from-home strategy and Twitter said that many of his employees can work from home indefinitely – despite his boss Jack Dorsey initially claimed that employees could work from home “forever”.
Sky News has reached out to Bumble for a comment.