Bumble Inc. is introducing paid leave and a biannual company-wide week off for its global employees.
The dating app, which has offices in Russia, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S., is rolling out the paid leave to ensure employees are caring for themselves outside of work, according to a statement. It includes: a minimum of six months paid leave for caregivers upon the birth, adoption or surrogacy of a child; minimum flexible work for four weeks upon the transition back to work after the birth, adoption or surrogacy of a child; a minimum of 12 weeks off per calendar year to care for a family member; a minimum 20 days paid leave for victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes; and a minimum of 15 days paid grievance/bereavement leave for deaths in the family or miscarriage.
In addition, following Bumble’s company-wide week off earlier this summer, it’s making the benefit permanent by providing a week-long company holiday twice a year.
And in terms of post-coronavirus pandemic return-to-work plans, the company isn’t requiring all employees to go back into an office full time. Instead, its existing offices will be used as collaborative spaces and it will provide access to co-working spaces for employees whose living arrangements aren’t suitable for working.
“The past year has been an important moment for us to reflect on the ways we work and how we can best support our teams around the world,” said Tariq Shaukat, president of Bumble, in the statement. “Earlier this year, we took a collective week off, but we’re now thrilled to be updating our permanent benefits for our team. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the way that we work — and need to work — has changed and our new policies are a reflection of what really matters and how we can best support our teams in both their work and life.”