Some companies are giving employees a mental health break

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This week, Nike closed its corporate offices to give employees a mental health break, and they’re not the only company giving their employees a break. 

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McAlister’s Deli usually closes at 9:00 p.m, but they’re closing at 5:00 p.m. to give employees much-needed rest this week. It’s a move many hope other companies will follow.

”Mental health is not something that should be an afterthought. It really should be something we bring up to the top as a priority,” said Maria Hayes.

To recognize mental health, Nike closed its corporate offices this week to give employees a paid mental health break. 

“I applaud companies that are really prioritizing it for their employees,” said Hayes. 

Nike retail workers, however, are not receiving the same luxury, according to a manager at the Nike Factory Store at Tanger Outlets.

”As a leader, you have to think about every single employee and what they may need. So, even if it’s something different that can be offered to the retail workers. If there is a reason, it needs to be something other than a week off,” said Rikki Harris.

Harris is the CEO of Tennessee Voices, a non-profit organization that provides mental health services. Harris commends the steps businesses are taking to address mental health in the workplace.

”We’re seeing 9 in 10 employees reporting stress, and their mental health is affecting their work. Four in five say they’re emotionally drained and burnt out,” said Harris.

McAlister’s Deli at Hackscross Road is closing stores early for the week to give employees a mental health break. It’s a decision Maria Hayes applauds.

”I look at what a company values and how they treat their employees because at the end of the day, if they don’t have employees, you don’t have a company,” said Hayes.

Harris believes offering support will help with recruitment efforts in the future because people will want to work in a healthy work environment.