“What is your spring recharge plan?” That’s the question that starts most of my meetings this week on Roblox, with team members excitedly discussing their plans for our version of Spring Break, which kicks off for all Roblox employees this week on Thursday, April 1.
At Roblox, we’ve seen a wide range of work-from-home experiences over the past year, and we care deeply about the well-being of every employee. We designed our Spring Recharge as a time for the entire Roblox team to take a moment to breathe and recharge. No deliverables, no meetings, and a silent inbox.
One of our company values is “Take a Long-Term Vision,” and we know that building the Metaverse requires the kind of creative and innovative thinking that only occurs when working with all cylinders. Because of this, as the shelter-in-place went from weeks to months, we began offering mental wellness days, including several long weekends and a two-week shutdown during winter break. We also increase our points of contact with our teams, through weekly meetings, Q&A sessions to ask me anything, and some really amazing virtual celebrations.
Within our values-centric culture, we know that employees need time to focus on themselves and their family, and we know that taking time off from work can be particularly challenging during the pandemic. Unlike previous years when you could change scenery while on vacation, these days the lure of work is strong when your home has become your office. So we decided that we would allot time for all employees to recharge together and get a real break. Our spring recharge will run until April 6 and we have also planned a summer recharge for July.
Spring and Summer Top-ups are just one example of our overall philosophy in developing bespoke programs for Roblox employees, based on our mission, values, and principles. Last November, we laid the foundation for the future of the Roblox workplace in a show we called Roflex. We design it around principles that include:
- Build a flexible workforce and workplace – We wanted to allow significant flexibility for everyone and give employees more control in their work and personal life.
- Building strong relationships – We know that sometimes the trust and personal relationships you need to build a world-class organization are best developed through in-person or real-time interactions, and we’ve also heard from many of our employees that they missed out on people interactions. , team building and teamwork.
With Roflex, we rely on flexibility as most employees return partially remote and some fully remote, as we redesign the future of the office model. We also decided to enable synchronous work schedules, so Tuesday through Thursday are our core days in the office at our San Mateo headquarters. Monday has been designated as a “no meeting” day to allow more time to think and get work done without interruptions.
We also created Roflex Away, allowing all employees the opportunity to work anywhere they legally can, up to two months out of the year. Over the past year, we know that our employees have enjoyed extended visits with family or working from the mountains or the beach, so Roflex Away allows these new traditions to continue for employees.
That’s our plan for the physical office, but for the past year we’ve been connecting in our virtual office, an immersive 3D experience that recreates our San Mateo headquarters. Every week there are new spaces and features to explore and try together, and in the future we envision these virtual town halls on the Roblox platform to become the new norm for workplaces around the world. Remote work was on the rise before the pandemic and will be an integral part of the business in the future. It is imperative that companies find engaging ways to collaborate in virtual spaces, and we know that the Metaverse we are building will be part of that.
Through experiences like our virtual town halls, Roblox employees are at the forefront of how people will play, work, learn, or simply socialize in the Metaverse.
People are excited for our Spring Recharge – some are ready to hang out with their family at home, while others are taking that long-overdue road trip. Is this the spring break of the past? Definitely not. But we know that this Spring Recharge will help our inventor culture continue to thrive as we continue to build the future in the Metaverse.