Woman asks time off for mental health, boss’s reply goes viral
It’s a story of a woman who is web developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A couple of weeks back Madalyn Parker shared an exchange she'd had with her CEO after she emailed her team to tell them she was taking time off for mental health reasons, Mashable reports.
Parker's tweet has since gone viral for all the right reasons.
When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision. pic.twitter.com/6BvJVCJJFq
— madalyn (@madalynrose) June 30, 2017
Last week, Parker's CEO Ben Congleton wrote a post on Medium discussing the reaction the tweet had received. It was titled, "It's 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace."
Taking mental health days are critical to a good, healthy and honest life. I love the CEO's response to this, and... https://t.co/oXDOKfmG0F
— Rebecca Mountain (@bexmountain) July 11, 2017
"It's 2017," he wrote. "I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 americans are medicated for mental health.
We have work to do.
Express gratitude. Create safe spaces. Be an advocate. Use your privilege to boost others up.https://t.co/bdPhhQb1ns
— madalyn (@madalynrose) July 6, 2017
"It's 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to offer paid sick leave. Did you know that only 37% of full time employees in the US have paid sick leave?
Why don't we talk about this more often? Great response from the CEO. https://t.co/hhM9xzNuUV
— Ker (@KerKilbourne) July 11, 2017
"It's 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let's get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different."
— Fa;th & Courage (@SHINE_FAITH_) July 7, 2017