LinkedIn, which allows us to manage our professional identity and connect with other professional networks, is allowing almost all of its 15,900 full-time employees next week to prevent their employees from exhaustion and discharge.
LinkedIn said a team of core employees will continue to work throughout the week, but they can schedule leave later. The Microsoft-owned company will offer employees the option to participate in voluntary day-to-day activities if they feel lonely during “RestUp!”.
LinkedIn will take a week of paid leave from April 5
LinkedIn Chief Executive Teuila Hanson joked about allowing all employees, telling the AFP news agency on Friday: “There’s something magical about the whole company taking a break at the same time. The best part is, there won’t be a stack of internal emails that haven’t been answered when you get back from your trail!” he said.
Big tech companies adopted working from home last year to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. LinkedIn was among the first companies to switch to remote work in the U.S. Employees are not expected to return to the office until next September. It also plans to standardize its part-time work-from-home model.
LinkedIn has been conducting regular surveys with employees who have been working remotely for some time. Last summer, polls showed a shift in employee sentiment.
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in mid-2016 for $26.2 billion in cash. The company has stepped into the world of social networking and added a new tool to its efforts to increase services for business.