Boss Sends The Perfect Response To Woman’s Request For Mental Health Days

 
Five little words...

Five little words...

The exchange has gone viral, reinforcing the idea that these conversations NEED to happen.

We all know taking care of our mental health is important, but how many of us can say we really prioritize it? 

Fear of what our co-workers or bosses might think is a big factor when it comes to being open about struggling with mental health issues at work. But thankfully, one boss and his proactive employee have restored our faith. And, it seems, the whole internet's.

Madalyn Parker is a web developer at software company Olark and a mental-health advocate. A couple of weeks ago, she shared an epic exchange between her and her boss on Twitter, and now, it’s blowing up.

Woah. Delightful exchange, right? Parker went on to write “I want to be a specific example so my team knows that they can feel comfortable taking sick leave for mental health, even if they don’t say it.” 

Naturally, fellow Twitter users have been encouraged by the open dialogue between Parker and her CEO, Ben Congleton.

Congleton himself even wrote a piece on Medium, responding to the now-viral story. “It is incredibly hard to be honest about mental health in the typical workplace. In situations like this, it is so easy to tell your teammates you are ‘not feeling well,’” he wrote. 

“Even in the safest environment it is still uncommon to be direct with your coworkers about mental health issues. I wanted to call this out and express gratitude for Madalyn’s bravery in helping us normalize mental health as a normal health issue … This should be business as usual. We have a lot of work to do.”

Words: Jerico Mandybur