Jeremy Vine panelist says ‘everyone has suffered’ over last year
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Jeremy Vine guest Jon Gaunt has slammed young Britons who complain about their sufferings due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying “we have all suffered”. The slamming came as a growing number of businesses such as Nike has started to offer staff time off to recover from the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Gaunt said: “Get to work, do something, earn some money, buy yourself a house.
The programme’s co-host said in response: “It’s been a tough year though for a lot of people, Jon.”
Mr Gaunt interjected: “It’s been a tough year for everyone!”
The co-host continued: “People don’t realise they need a break and I think, in my opinion, money isn’t as important as somebody’s mental health.
“And sometimes people don’t actually realise that they are having an issue so they’re having a week off to step away from things.
“I work extremely hard.”
“Give them the leave but right across the board.
“Because now every other company is following this.
“But I’m also getting a little bit fed up of ‘all the young people’, ‘oh they’re the ones who’ve suffered the most’.
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Nike has given some of its employees in the US a week off to “destress” from the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nike senior manager of global marketing science, Matt Marrazzo, said: “Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work.”
Other businesses are also offering extra time off, or concessions around working responsibilities, to deal with the stress caused by the pandemic.
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