Some Silicon Valley companies force employees to take leave: to avoid home office burnout

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 Some Silicon Valley companies force employees to take leave: to avoid home office burnout


Affected by the new crown epidemic, many employees have postponed their vacation plans. However, some employers of Silicon Valley technology start-ups force employees to take leave by increasing holidays to avoid job burnout.

On July 26, according to US media reports, for decades, Silicon Valley technology start-ups have been known for being generous to their employees, from salaries to vacations to allowances and benefits. After the outbreak of the new epidemic in the United States, most technology companies work at home, and many technology companies provide employees with subsidies for monitors, webcams and other equipment, as well as mental health services.

At present, the epidemic situation of new crown disease still exists all over the world, which means that many employees still need to work at home. The ambiguity of work and personal life time may evolve into endless work facing the screen and continuous video phone calls, which is not conducive to the mental health and efficiency of employees. Therefore, some technology companies choose to force employees to take leave.

Chegg is a Silicon Valley technology company that sells textbooks and provides online homework guidance for students. In March 2020, when the epidemic just led to home isolation, the company asked employees to mark their usual commuting time on their work calendar and not to use this part of time for meetings. However, the employees did not pay attention to this policy.

Later, the company went further, requiring employees to ban meetings from 2:00 p.m. in April; after June, the company cancelled the ban in the afternoon and changed to take a full day off every Friday. This policy is tentatively continued until the end of August.

Most of the employees do not work on Friday, but there are still some employees who use this time to process email or do some work-related tasks that are usually ignored.

The management team really wants them to be completely disconnected, says Heather hatlo Porter, cheggs chief communications officer. Im really urging my team not to work. We have an open-ended vacation policy, but no one is on vacation.

Affected by the epidemic, people cant take the same vacation as in the past, it will be difficult to travel abroad, they will need to risk staying on the plane for several hours, and they may face isolation or travel ban at their destination. While there are other things to do, such as extra vacations to allow chegg employees to travel by themselves and stay in the B & B booking on airbnb, more people just use the holidays to stay at home to chase online dramas and discuss what theyve watched during the zoom conference call.

Our team is in a vacation competition, wadors said

Most Americans take four days off in the week of July 4, but some companies extend their leave to employees. Servicenows team of engineers is on holiday until August 7, when the company lets people take videos and photos to show what theyre doing on vacation, and employees vote to choose who makes the best use of their vacation.

Wador says he and other executives also need to show what theyve done on vacation so that employees feel they can really relax.

Pingidentity is a Denver software company that helps enterprise workers log in to their accounts on a wide range of applications. Andrew Durand, the companys chief executive, believes that unlimited leave is not enough, and he is concerned that some employees, especially those in their 20s and 30s, may not have clear work life boundaries. So Ping set up a special holiday on July 17, and set up a holiday in August.