Madalyn Parker is a web developer and engineer at Olark Live Chat and she really needed some time off to focus on her mental health. So Madalyn emailed her boss,
“I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health.
Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%. Thanks”
Her boss, Ben Congleton, got back to her the next day with an amazing response. He said,
“I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organisations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work.”
Madalyn shared his supportive response on Twitter and the tweet now has over 35,000 likes and many comments from people who love how understanding her boss was.