Bumble Gives All Staff Paid Week Off To Combat Burnout

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has announced all of her employees at Bumble will be given a week off to “focus on themselves” and “switch off”.

The female-first dating app employs around 700 people worldwide, and one senior executive revealed on Twitter that the move had been made “having correctly intuited our collective burnout”.

2020 has been a fast-paced year for online dating, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing an almost explosive like uptake to online dating.

The number of paid users across Bumble and Badoo spiked by 30% in the three months to 31st March, compared with the same period last year, according to its most recent set of results.

Bumble itself has had an exceptionally busy year, including going public on NASDAQ, which reported incredibly strong early results and reports.

The public launch, plus the sharp rise in membership and the platform growth, lead to Bumble taking the measure, especially considering that the majority of employees had been working from home for an extended period of time.

The decision was praised by its head of editorial content, Clare O’Connor, as the company taking “a much-needed break”.

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