Bumble closes for a week to allow staff to recover from Covid exhaustion

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The Bumble dating app temporarily closed its offices this week to give its 700 employees the chance to relax and recover from Covid burnout.

The dating app, where women are responsible for taking the first step, has told its staff around the world to switch off and focus on themselves.

The move was hailed by Bumble’s chief editorial officer Clare O’Connor, who described the move as “a much needed break.”

Busy year for Bumble

Bumble has had a busy year with a rapid increase in user numbers and debuts on the stock exchange.

The number of paying users on Bumble’s apps rose 30% in the three months leading up to March 31, as the lockdown annoyance resulted in more swiping.

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, 31, became the youngest woman to go public in the United States when she oversaw its public debut in February.

As the pandemic forced people to stay at home, Zoom’s fears of fatigue and exhaustion arose as the boundaries of work and home disappeared.

The paid vacation for Bumble staff comes as a flurry of companies seek to persuade workers they have their best interests at heart.

Citigroup said in March it would ban Zoom calls on Fridays to combat burnout.

Aston Martin said this morning it is taking legal action against a Swiss car dealership for withholding more than £ 10million in customer money.



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