Nike closed its corporate offices last week to provide employees a week-long, paid “mental health break” ahead of the company’s September return-to-office plans, while continuing to use forced Uyghur labor to manufacture its products in Chinese factories.
According to a LinkedIn post from Nike’s senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo, the company’s headquarters were “powering down” beginning last week.
“Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message: Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work,” Marrazzo wrote. “This past year has been rough – we’re all human! and living through a traumatic event! – but I’m hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our teammates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving forward.”
“It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team… it’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done. Support your people. It’s good