Patagonia Inc. is giving all of its North American employees an additional week of paid time off this holiday season.
The clothing retailer’s customer service and distribution centres will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, while its stores and offices will close between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, according to a press release.
“We do our best to not be bound by convention and to look out for people and the planet,” said the release. “For the last week of this year, we’re shutting down our stores, warehouse and offices in the United States and Canada because our people need a break.”
Patagonia is the latest employer to give workers additional paid time off amid the coronavirus pandemic. In July, Hootsuite Inc. gave employees a week off to encourage better mental health, while in 2020, Twitter Inc. implemented its monthly #DaysofRest initiative and Home Depot Inc. expanded paid time off for all its hourly workers. As well, Manulife Financial Corp. and its subsidiary John Hancock gave 35,000 employees the day off on May 29 last year.