Tuesday 22 June 2021 10:22 am

Bumble closes for a week to let staff recover from Covid burnout

Dating app Bumble has temporarily closed its offices this week to give its 700 employees the chance to de-stress and recover from Covid burnout.

The dating app, where women are in charge of making the first move, told its staff worldwide to switch off and focus on themselves.

The decision was praised by Bumble’s head of editorial content, 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 rise in user numbers and a stock market debut.

The number of paid users across Bumble’s apps shot up by 30 per cent in the three months to 31 March, as lockdown boredom led to more swiping.

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, 31, became the youngest woman to take a company public in the US when she oversaw its stock market debut in February.

As the pandemic forced people to stay at home, fears of Zoom fatigue and burnout emerged as work and home boundaries vanished.

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

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