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Tech giant Cisco is giving its 75,000 employees the day off on Friday to recharge


Cisco has told its employees they can take Friday, May 22, off, giving them a four-day Memorial Day weekend.

In a Tuesday email to the tech giant’s 75,000 employees, Chief People Officer Fran Katsoudas said the day off was meant to help the recharge after weeks of working remotely amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“It might feel like there are so many reasons not to take a day off,” Katsoudas said in an email. “There are few places to go, people need us, and we enjoy our work. Our weeks and weekends are blurring together. Yet there is one reason to unplug: ourselves.”

Employees who have commitments to customers or have critical assignments on that day will be allowed to take another day off, Katsoudas said.

Cisco, a leading maker of enterprise networking gear, saw an uptick in demand for its products in the crisis after businesses scrambled to make sure their employees have adequate equipment to work remotely.

But as in other major corporations, Cisco employees have also faced challenges while working from home. Katsoudas said some employees have had to adjust to their children suddenly having to learn remotely, while others also have had to take care of elderly parents.

“We have a subset of our employees who are home alone and just feeling isolated,” she said!

Another tech giant, Google, has also asked employees to take Friday off to address work-from-home burnout issues.

This article was first published on Business Insider Singapore. 

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