“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ― Alan Cohen
Today marks the first day of our inaugural Summer Recharge Break at Nitro. This is now a formal company benefit (during the first week of July), along with a Winter Recharge Break which will take place over the first week of January.
We are keenly aware of the challenges and pressures our team has faced over the past 18 months as the world had to adjust to a new way of living and working, virtually overnight. However, despite challenging circumstances on many fronts, our Nitronauts have gone above and beyond in terms of maintaining amazing productivity and strong engagement throughout. Our team is such an inspiration to me, and a big part of what pushes us forward to continued success is our ability to listen and empathize with one another. As a result, we know that many Nitronauts are feeling some level of burnout right now, especially with the continued blurred lines between work and home life, and a lot of the team still living with ongoing pandemic restrictions and continued unknowns.
So, from July 1-7, our Nitronauts around the world will be OOO and offline, completely. Our ability to genuinely unplug has a lot to do with the entire company unplugging at the same time, and so we are doing just that, and more. Back in January, we introduced the one-week Winter Recharge Break along with some adhoc, “as needed” Unplug Days, which have undoubtedly been the most appreciated perks we’ve ever introduced.
These Recharge Weeks are part of a broader wellbeing initiative we’ve amplified over the past year which includes ongoing flexible time off (we encourage Nitronauts to take time off whenever suits), additional access to mental and physical health resources (including ModernHealth, Peptalk, and Aaptive), and revamping our Nitronaut Resource Groups so that our team has the support and a greater sense of community around the things that matter most, particularly in trying times.
During this Summer Recharge Break, we will have a skeleton team in place to address any urgent customer issues or inquiries. The rest of the company will be back on July 8, hopefully feeling relaxed, reenergized, and ready to tackle the second half of the year.
Wherever you are, we hope you’re also taking the necessary time to unwind and unplug – the benefits will speak for themselves.