Boss’ Brilliant Response To Employee Asking For Mental Health Day Off Goes Viral
A web developer named Madalyn Parker, who struggles with severe anxiety and depression, recently took a few days off from work to focus on her mental health. When she got an email back from her boss about it, though, she was stunned by his response.
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Parker, who works for live chat software engineering company Olark, has been a vocal advocate for supportive workplaces since writing an emotional essay in 2015 about her harrowing battle with mental health issues and how they affect her career. Corporate culture often stigmatizes depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, despite the fact that peak mental performance is often essential to these kinds of jobs. With her most recent experience, Parker shows the world that a little compassion goes a long way.
After sharing the email she received from her boss, Olark CEO Ben Congleton, a wave of praise rolled in. Over 9.5 thousand retweets and 32 thousand likes later, Congleton and his touching message have gone viral, and people have pretty much unanimously decided that every boss should be like him. Find out what he said below, and let us know how your boss would handle this situation in the comments!
This is Madalyn Parker, a web developer who struggles with severe depression and anxiety
Recently, she found herself needing a few days off, which she emailed her team about right away
The way her boss responded, though, was something most of us would never imagine
After sharing the touching message on Twitter, the world pretty much gave him a digital standing ovation
Unfortunately, employees from other companies didn’t get the same support from their bosses
Some people even sparked a discussion on what kind of leave people should be taking for mental health issues
What resources do YOU think should be available for employees struggling with mental health?