The last few years have been particularly difficult for all of us. And it is not surprising that since the whole world has gone through so many turbulent changes and events recently, we feel that now (much more than ever) is the time to tune in to ourselves and focus on taking care of our mental well-being.
At Spotify we strongly believe that every day is a day of mental health. Since we launched Heart & Soul in 2018, we have been actively encouraging employees to pay attention to their mental health and to practice good mental well-being through preventative measures. We create and nurture environments where it is okay for none of us to always be right. Our heart and soul initiatives exist to help create a safe, stigma-free environment for our people who care about openness and mental well-being.
In addition, we see annual calendar dates such as World Mental Health Day (WMHD) as a moment to turbocharge our thoughts and initiatives. The attention that such dates get can help reduce stigma, raise awareness about the importance of regular mental health practice and support.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the safety and well-being of spotters has been paramount – it’s very important to us. The members of the Spotify band have shown such incredible resilience and have done amazing things since the beginning of the epidemic and we are proud of them. At this point, in WMHD 2021, we wanted our employees to take the opportunity to tune in to themselves. We acknowledge that everyone needs a break and time to reset and refresh.
That’s why we decided to close the Spotify office from November 1 – November 5. Instead of working on the code, holding meetings, or doing any other work, each band member will keep their instruments focused on their own well-being. Spotifiers are being paid an extra week to recharge. The idea is that everyone gets a chance to spend time with their loved ones or just do things that make them feel really good. We’re telling everyone to unplug.
When we plug in again, we’ll be back in business as usual, where every day is a mental health day and it’s okay not to. I hope this World Mental Health Day has been a reminder and given everyone a chance to tune in to themselves.