28 Jun Bumble dating app closes to give ‘burnt-out’ staff a week’s break
The dating app Bumble, where women are encouraged to make the first move, has temporarily closed all of its offices to help employees manage their workplace stress.
With 700 staff worldwide, founder Whitney Wolfe Herd has apparently told staff to switch off and focus on themselves. A senior executive revealed on Twitter that the Bumble founder made the decision “having correctly intuited our collective burnout”. The company announced in April “that all Bumble employees will have a paid, fully offline one-week vacation in June”. A skeleton staff crew will remain working to ensure users are supported and those who continue to work will have their week of leave at a later date.
Despite or perhaps because of the pandemic, Bumble has had a busy year including a stock market launch and a quick growth in users. Lockdown boredom and online dating becoming even more popular has meant those working for the app have never been busier.
Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd has been celebrated in her quest to ‘make the internet a kinder place’ and this philosophy is echoed in the company’s new headquarters. Based in Texas, the hub boasts a ‘Mommy Bar’ which is a private breastfeeding space as well as regular manicures, hair treatments and more.