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Bumble closes to give ‘burnt-out’ staff a week’s break

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Bumble Inc. (BMBL) makes stock IPO on Nasdaq in New York City (REUTERS)
Bumble Inc. (BMBL) makes stock IPO on Nasdaq in New York City (REUTERS)

Popular dating app Bumble has closed its offices for a week to combat workplace stress.

The company, which had a busy 2020 with a stock market debut and rapid growth in user numbers over lockdown, told its 700 staff worldwide to switch off and focus on themselves.

The head of its editorial content, Clare O’Connor, revealed the news on Twitter and said founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had made the move “having correctly intuited our collective burnout”.

“In the US especially, where vacation days are notoriously scarce, it feels like a big deal,” she added.

It comes after the number of paid users across Bumble and Badoo, which the firm also owns, spiked by 30 per cent in the three months to March 31, compared with the same period last year, according to its most recent set of results.

Other tech companies including Google and Twitter have also unveiled their own plans for remote working.

As of September 1 employees at Google, who want to work from home for more than 14 days a year can apply to do so.

While staff at Twitter will have a balance and will be able to spend some time working remotely and the rest in the office.

But employees at Apple have launched a campaign after their boss Tim Cook announced plans for a widespread return to the office, according to media reports earlier this year.

In his memo to staff, he said workers should be in the office at least three days a week by September. Apple’s policy has “already forced some of our colleagues to quit”, an internal letter seen by tech publication The Verge said.

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