“What’s your Spring Recharge plan?” That’s the question that kicks off most of my meetings this week at Roblox, with team members enthusiastically discussing their plans for our version of Spring Break, which begins for all Roblox employees this week on Thursday. April 1st.
At Roblox, we’ve seen a wide range of how people have experienced working from home over the past year, and we care deeply about the well-being of every employee. We designed our Spring Recharge as 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 the Long View” and we know that building the metaverse requires the kind of creative and innovative thinking that only comes when you pull all the cylinders. For this reason, as the on-site shelter moved from weeks to months, we started offering mental wellness days, including several long weekends and a two-week break during the winter break. We have also increased our points of contact with our teams, through weekly town halls, question-and-answer sessions to ask everything and some truly incredible virtual celebrations.
Within our values-driven culture, we know that employees need time to focus on themselves and their families, and we know that taking time off work can be especially difficult during the pandemic. Unlike in previous years when you could get a change of scenery while on vacation, these days the allure of work is strong when your home has become your office. We therefore decided to allocate time to all the employees to recharge their batteries together and take a real break. Our spring recharge will run through April 6, and we’ve also scheduled a summer recharge for July.
Spring and Summer Refills are just one example of our overall philosophy of developing tailored 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 program we call Roblex. We designed it around principles such as:
- Building a flexible workforce and workplace – We wanted to allow great flexibility for everyone and give employees more control over their work and personal life.
- Build 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 employees that they’ve missed it. in- interaction with people, team building and teamwork.
With Roflex, we looked at flexibility, with most employees returning partially remotely and some fully remote, as we rethink the future of the desktop model. We have also decided to enable synchronous working hours, so that Tuesday through Thursday are our main working days at our head office in San Mateo. Monday has been designated a “no meeting” day to allow time for uninterrupted reflection and work.
We have also created Roflex Away, allowing all employees to have the opportunity to work wherever they can legally, for up to two months a year. Over the past year, we know that our employees have enjoyed extended visits with family, or working in the mountains or at the beach, so Roflex Away is letting these new traditions continue for the employees.
That’s our plan for the physical office, but over the past year, we’ve logged into our virtual office, an immersive 3D experience recreating our San Mateo headquarters. Each week, new spaces and features are to be explored and tried together, and in the future, we anticipate that these virtual city halls on the Roblox platform will become the new standard for workplaces around the world. Remote working was on the rise before the pandemic and will be an integral part of the future of businesses. It’s imperative that businesses find engaging ways to collaborate in virtual spaces, and we know the metaverse we’re building will be one of them.
Through experiences like our virtual city halls, Roblox employees are at the forefront of how people will play, work, learn, or just socialize in the metaverse.
People are thrilled with our Spring Recharge – some are willing to spend time with their families at home, while others are taking that long delayed road trip. Is this the Spring Break of the past? Definitely not. But we know this spring recharge will help keep our inventor culture flourishing as we continue to build the future in the Metaverse.