Zappos Marks Leap Day With Employee Day Off And Move To Create National Holiday

Online retailer Zappos.com, is making the most of leap year. In honor of leap day on Feb. 29, the company is celebrating by giving its employees a paid holiday off. It’s also encouraging employers nationwide to do the same by launching a petition with Change.org with a goal of at least 100,000 petition signers for the day to be declared a national paid holiday.

The company’s aim is to encourage employees and customers to #TakeTheLeap by using the day to do something they’ve always wanted to do.

For the first time ever, the Zappos call center will close for 24 hours, from 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 28 through 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 29 (midnight to midnight Pacific time). Employees’ stories will be shared across Zappos social channels showcasing how they are using the day.

“One of Zappos’ core values is to embrace and drive change.” said Tyler Williams of Zappos Brand Aura. “We believe this extra day will give employees the chance to live that value by doing something they’ve always wanted to do and hope to inspire others to do the same.”

Two Zappos employees will fully embrace the sentiment of the day by taking the leap into marriage with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh officiating the ceremony.

To follow the leap day adventures, search #TakeTheLeap on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To sign the petition to make leap day a paid holiday, visit Change.org.


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