Credit Suisse CEO Gives All 800 Employees A Day Off On International Women’s Day

The boss gave all 800 employees a day off on International Women’s Day, March 8th. The CEO of Credit Suisse, Tidjane Thiam said “Today is not about men or women, it is about health – giving both sexes time to prioritize their health for a couple of days. It will be good for everybody”. This year marks the first time that the Swiss bank has closed its doors at corporate headquarters in Zurich and offices around the world as they also celebrate 100 years since Credit Suisse was established. 

Employees were encouraged to spend at least half a day with their family and loved ones which they feel inadequate without mention of during this special day. Perhaps one of the most surprising things is that men were encouraged to take care of their loved ones on this day, traditionally a woman’s holiday. 

“I am pleased to be taking part in an initiative which focuses on the health needs of both women and men – equally”. Other companies around Switzerland including UBS closed for International Women’s Day as well, though managers had the option of coming into work if they wanted to. 

The move was expected by some employees who say that Mr Thiam has been vocal about his priorities since he took over at Credit Suisse 18 months ago. He was ranked number 1 on Glassdoor’s list of best CEOs across all industries last year. The idea behind closing down is not new, as San Francisco gave all employees the day off for International Women’s Day in 2016. The manager will be pleased with the results of his decision, “74% of Credit Suisse staff said they would miss their families or loved ones, while 66% said they would enjoy some well-earned rest”. Tidjane Thiam is not only looking out for the health and happiness of his employees but also wants to help them enjoy time with their family.

“The boss gave all 800 employees a day off on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017. Today is not about men or women, it is about health – giving both sexes time to prioritize their health for a couple of days. It will be good for everybody’. This year marks the first time that the Swiss bank has closed its doors at corporate headquarters in Zurich and offices around the world as they also celebrate 100 years since Credit Suisse was established.”

“Employees were encouraged to spend at least half a day with their family and loved ones which they feel inadequate without mention of during this special day. Perhaps one of the most surprising things is that men were encouraged to take care of their loved ones on this day, traditionally a woman’s holiday. I am pleased to be taking part in an initiative which focuses on the health needs of both women and men – equally. Other companies around Switzerland including UBS closed for International Women’s Day as well, though managers had the option of coming into work if they wanted to. Today is not about men or women, it is about health – giving both sexes time to prioritize their health for a couple of days. The idea behind closing down is not new, as San Francisco gave all employees the day off for International Women’s Day in 2016. The manager will be pleased with the results of his decision. This is a historic day and I’m happy to take part in it. It’s great that this trend is finally catching on outside of just the US, as gender equality should be something expected worldwide.” 

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