Why this tech giant is giving employees an extra day off

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Google is giving employees an extra day off for the Labor Day holiday weekend, as employers nationwide struggle with employee burnout and soaring rates of depression. Workers get today off, as well as Monday for the traditional Labor Day holiday.

The day is meant to improve employees’ collective wellbeing and is a one-time paid day off for full-time employees and interns, CNBC reports, citing internal employee documents.

“This extra holiday is specific to 2020 to support Googlers’ wellbeing in light of Covid-19,” the company said. “Please take the time to do whatever you need for yourselves.”

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