Bumble places mental health over profits

The dating app Bumble has made global headlines this month by giving all its employees a week off from work. The online dating platform says it sees its global team as suffering from pandemic related burnout, and hopes that a week off to rest and focus on themselves will help everyone to recuperate. The move is unusual for the highly competitive tech industry that usually prioritizes profits over mental health, but is a growing trend amongst companies who are looking to improve working conditions for their staff members. 

The week off is aiming to help fight work related stress amongst staff and alleviate symptoms of burnout following a hard year of working through a global pandemic. The week is fully paid and staff are asking to go fully offline also to make the most of the week. 

Bumble is a woman-led company as well as a dating app. Within the app, women are the ones to make the first move in a complete reversal of traditional gender stereotypes. The app was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd and Andrey Andreev in response to the misogynistic and patriarchal tendencies with behaviour they saw on other dating apps such as Tinder. Whitney Wolfe Herd controversially left her position at Tinder shortly before starting rival dating app Bumble that positions women instead as leaders of interaction. 

As women become more commonplace in positions of leadership within companies, and even nations, mental health awareness within the global public seems to equally be rising. It seems women as leaders are also more sensitive to the personal needs and complex issues surrounding keeping a workforce or nation happy and healthy. 

More than 750 Bumble employees around the world will benefit from Wolfe’s decision to release her employees from their work for a week. Elsewhere tech startups Hootsuite and LinkedIn have both similarly given employees a paid week off work to help combat built up stress.