The business social medium LinkedIn is sending almost all employees on vacation this week.

The nearly sixteen thousand employees will not have to work for a week from April 5, without having to spend holidays or wages.

The company wants to prevent many employees from getting burned out, says LinkedIn Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson to the American news

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Since the start of the corona pandemic, just over a year ago, LinkedIn has switched to mass working from home.

During that time, the company continuously researched the mental well-being of its staff.

This showed that many employees are having a hard time and that burnouts are lurking.

“We wanted to make sure that we could give the workforce something that is truly valuable. And what is very valuable right now is that everyone can now walk away together,” Hanson explains.

The vast majority of the 15,900 permanent employees are therefore off this week.

A small number of them remain at work and can still take the holiday at a later time.

LinkedIn consciously chooses to send as many employees as possible on holiday at the same time, in order to prevent staff from continuously receiving e-mails and documents from colleagues who are at work.

The company also decided to provide burnout training to managers and to schedule meeting-free days, among other things.