Daybreak grants all of its employees a paid ‘unplug day’

    
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While it’s important for us here at MOP to be a watchdog for bad company behavior, we also try to be fair in acknowledging when a studio does something right. And so today we pin a bright gold star on the lapels of Daybreak (yes, Daybreak) for making an effort to treat its employees right.

The studio announced that it is granting all of its staff a free paid day off of work to unplug and enjoy life and family as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. “We believe that mental well-being is just as important as staying physically healthy, so Daybreak is giving our employees a paid ‘Unplug Day’ to encourage them to disconnect from their computers or their work phones and truly enjoy a day to themselves.”

That’s not a bad idea for all of us. As much as we all love gaming and the internet… perhaps it’s an equally good thing to unplug and go outside once in a while or check in with the fam.

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kluaf oz

Gamebreak should unplug and then loose their cord.

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Ardra Diva

it’s a merciful boss that notices stress and grants time off to save an employee. sometimes you save their job. sometimes, perhaps, their life. I hit a breaking point and submitted my resignation. My boss told me to take 2 weeks off and he’d “fix this”, and to “trust him”.

I’m still employed there. :)

edit: and it didn’t count against my vacation time, either.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

While it’s the thought that counts, a single day is hardly something to praise when you have to look at what is required the other 364.

Actually allowing employees to be unplugged during their normal personal and vacation time, and eliminating crunch times would much better.

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Utakata

Well least they’re not doing things that illicit cringe, annoyance and/or suspicion this time. o.O

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Stormwaltz

“Please step away from the computers that are your main source of entertainment and take a walk outside in the pandemic.”

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Estranged

Wear a hazmat suit to take a walk?

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Armsman

And it’s today where they’ll probably lazily browse the internet or stream some series they haven’t had a chance to binge yet. (‘unplugged’ my ass ;) )

Still as someone who’s worked in IT for over 40 years, (back when it was known as ‘Computer Science’); I wish more companies would do things like this for their IT personnel.

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McGuffn

We are soft and decadent. In my day we were expected to go outside on our own time. And there were uphills and snow back then too.

Seriously though, the only reason this makes sense is they’re a tech company focused on working with computers and being online. Just give people a day off where they don’t need to come in to work or be on call. Either that or start checking employees online habits to make sure they’re not abusing their day off and really are offline on their offline day.

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Bruno Brito

We are soft and decadent. In my day we were expected to go outside on our own time. And there were uphills and snow back then too.

Sorry, i don’t really get this.

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Fisty

Its an old American (maybe other places) thing where your parents or grandparents would tell you how easy you have it. “In my day,we had to walk 5 miles to school, in the snow, uphill, both ways.”

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Bruno Brito

Thanks for the clarification.

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EmberStar

You forgot the wolves. “While being hunted by wolves.” :P

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Bryan Correll

Definitely not just an American thing:

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Fisty

Hah! Forgot about this.

Turing fail
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Turing fail

+100 for Monty Python reference.

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Zadira Kindleriver

Isn’t that what normal days off are for??

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Aaron Weddle

In the Development and IT sectors We are mostly expected to be on call Even during days off so u can’t really relax.

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Sleepy

The no.1 reason I don’t work in IT any more.

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squid

Sure, but an extra one is always nice.

My office got into some kind of low-key trouble over a comp-time policy that was technically illegal in our state, so their response was to just give everyone two extra days of leave per year, which pretty much covered the overtime for most of our exempt staff. They didn’t have to, but it was nice that they did.

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Loopy

If you work in tech, or IT in general, you’re more or less expected to always be at least mildly aware of what’s going on at work while you’re away. “Unplugging” is something that’s becoming more prominent in the industry, because it includes completely severing your brain from work for whatever period of time, and not check your email/messages.

The fact that we’re celebrating having a day to unplug is a commentary on today’s work culture as a whole. But either way, i’m sure Daybreak devs will appreciate the day.

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Bruno Brito

That’s actually cool. I hope it becomes a trend.