Spotify has announced a new company policy that allows employees to choose their own holidays. Until now the company observed the ‘traditional’ holidays on the calendar. Effective immediately, employees have the option to swap traditional days off (like Christmas) for alternative days off of their choosing, such as Yom Kippur, Easter, Veterans Day, Diwali, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, etc. Spotify has nearly 3,500 employees, with over 90 nationalities represented. According to Katarina Berg, Spotify’s chief human resources officer, the new holiday policy is tailored to challenge the cultural norms traditionally projected onto each individual, regardless of their observations and lifestyle.
“Our new policy is designed to give our employees the flexibility and freedom to celebrate the values and beliefs that they hold close to heart,” said Berg in a blog post. “Everyone has the right to celebrate and feel included, regardless of who they are, what they believe, where they come from, and what country they happen to work in at the moment.”
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