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Bumble gives staff week of paid holiday to tackle ‘collective burnout’


Bumble is a dating app where women make the first move (Getty)

The dating app Bumble has decided to give its entire global workforce a week of paid holiday to help tackle collective burnout.

This week, the company’s 700-strong global workforce will get the time off while the app effectively closes its doors.

They will return to work on June 28.

‘Like everyone, our global team has had a very challenging time during the pandemic,’ a spokesperson for Bumble told Metro.co.uk.

‘As vaccination rates have increased and restriction have begun to ease, we wanted to give our teams around the world and opportunity to shut off and focus on themselves for a week.’

In a tweet, Bumble’s head of editorial content praised the decision to give staff the time to recharge.

According to Clare O’Connor, the app’s chief executive Whitney Wolfe Herd ‘correctly intuited our collective burnout.’

Bumble’s head of editorial content praised the decision (Twitter)

‘In the U.S. especially, where vacation days are notoriously scarce, it feels like a big deal.’

Like just about everything over the last year, dating has been heavily affected by the Covid-19.

The experience of pandemic dating has normalised using apps, as without them the opportunities to meet new people over the last year would have been extremely limited.

As a result, with over 19 million Brits having turned to dating apps, attitudes have shifted and now two fifths say they’re no longer ashamed or embarrassed to say they’ve met someone through an app, where previously they’d have made up a ‘how we met’ story.

This openness about using apps has seen many become more open to the idea of finding love through them.

What is Bumble?

Bumble is a dating app popular amongst young people.

You might think what makes it so special in the world of Tinder, Hinge, Grindr and more, but Bumble has always had a distinct USP.

Bumble was launched in Texas in 2014 (Credits: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

For heterosexual women looking to meet a man, the woman is in control – she is Queen Bee, hence the name Bumble.

For same-sex couples, either woman could send the first message.

Who is Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd?

Ms Wolfe Herd, 31, launched Bumble in Texas in 2014, with backing from Russian billionaire Andreey Andreev, founder of European online dating site Badoo.

Born in Salt Lake City, Wolfe Herd married oil heir Michael Herd in 2017, and the pair welcomed their first child together in 2019.

Posting a photo of their son, Wolfe Herd confirmed his name was Bobby Lee Herd II, known affectionately by Bo.

The (she)Wolfe of Wall Street – Ms Wolfe Herd is the youngest female CEO to take a company public on the stock exchange. (Picture: Getty)

In her career, she has had prior experience in the app world, having been a co-founder of Tinder until leaving the company, alleging sexual harassment,

Tinder’s parent company Match Group Inc, denied the claims. The BBC reports they paid around $1 million (approx. £722,000) to settle the case.

In a letter published before taking Bumble public, Ms Wolfe Herd wrote: ‘I have experienced first-hand how unequal relationships negatively impact all areas of life.’

‘I wanted to change this.’

Giving women more power over what sort of interaction they receive online has proven a masterstroke, as the company’s value has rocketed.


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