Hollywood workers will soon head back to offices en masse. UTA recently announced that it will be the first agency to welcome back agents starting in mid-June, right around the same time Sony will welcome staff back to its Culver City lot. Verve won’t be far behind, confirming to The Hollywood Reporter that it will open its doors in July.
But before in-person business resumes, Verve will mark the occasion by closing shop for a full week so staff of the talent and literary agency can partake in a unique installment of its ongoing series, Verve Wellness Week. Previously, the weeks — organized by Verve’s communications executive Holly Sinclair — have featured activities and team-building events like games, hikes, workout competitions, meditation, yoga, sound baths and even a smoothie bar. The agency mounted a weekly ‘Garden Box’ program for assistants and administrative staff to ensure access to fresh produce supplied by senior management and purchased from local business Three Amigos Produce on Pico Boulevard.
After a challenging year navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Verve partners and head of human resources Jessica Holst came up with the idea to close June 28-July 6 as a way to give staff a chance to focus on wellness, recharging, catching up with friends and family and so on. Per a source, the news was well-received, particularly from assistants many of whom relocated out of Los Angeles during the pandemic.
The week off will allow many of them travel time to get back to the city as work resumes and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across L.A. “We want to make sure everyone takes a pause to breathe and reflect, go out in the world, see loved ones, and focus on wellness,” the Verve partners tell THR. One staffer adds, “In this bizarre time when working from home often feels more like living at work, it’s nice to be at a company that acknowledges that sometimes the best form of wellness is just taking a break.”