Zappos.com, the online apparel and footwear retailer, has given all of its employees a paid day off on Monday, Feb. 29 for Leap Day.
The online retailer is celebrating the once-in-four-years event by launching a petition on Change.org with a goal of at least 100,000 online petition signers for Leap Day to be declared a national paid holiday. With one extra day in the year, Zappos hopes to encourage employees and customers to #TakeTheLeap by using the extra 24 hours to do something they’ve always wanted to do.
For the first time ever, the famously always-open Zappos call center will close for 24 hours, from 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 28 through 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 29, 2016. Stories will be captured and shared across Zappos social channels showcasing how employees are using Leap Day to accomplish something they’ve always dreamed of or finally conquering a longtime goal.
“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.”
Inspired by the movement, two Zappos employees will fully embrace the sentiment of this extra day by taking the leap into marriage on February 29. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will officiate the wedding.