Bumble Introduces Unlimited Holiday Policy and Annual Two Week Closure

Bumble has introduced the employee policy of unlimited paid leave, provided it is approved by a manager.

The new policy was introduced alongside a number of other measures, including a company-wide closure of their offices for the same two weeks of every year.

Some experts have found that giving employees an unlimited allocation of holiday days actually leads to them taking less time off. To prevent this, Bumble staff will have a minimum number of days they have to take.

In June this year, Bumble’s CEO Whitney Wolf Herd gave all 700 employees a week of to combat burnout within the company, noting that like most people its global team had experienced a “very challenging time during the pandemic”.

However some customer staff across its offices in Austin, Barcelona, London and Moscow needed to keep working in case any of the app’s users experienced issues.

Tarket Shaukat, president of Bumble, said: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the way that we work, and need to work, has changed and our new policies are a reflection of what really matters and how we can best support our teams in both their work and life.”

Additional policies that Bumble has introduced to employee welfare includes giving them a minimum of six months paid leave for the birth, adoption or surrogacy of a child and a minimum of four weeks flexible working to transition back into work for caregivers. 

They will also be able to take a minimum of 12 weeks leave a year to take care of a family member. Victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes would be able to take a minimum of 20 days paid leave. 

Staff can take a minimum of 15 days paid compassionate leave, including taking leave following a miscarriage.

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