A few months into working remotely, Jamie Coakley noticed a worrisome trend at her company: 70% of employees had not taken more than two days off since the beginning of the year.
“We were going to run into a brick wall pretty soon,” said Coakley, vice president of people at IT solutions company Electric.
The company changed to a flexible vacation policy, but that still wasn’t enough. Employees were working longer hours, having a hard time disconnecting from work and felt perpetually behind.
So Electric announced over the summer that the entire company would close on the first Friday of every month for a mental health and wellness day.
Giving everybody the day off means the work doesn’t pile up while you’re off and it eliminates the fear of missing out on something.
With everything going on this year, mental health has become a major