A huge number of managers who seem not to care about the welfare of their employees appears to be taking over the corporate world. But fortunately, all is not lost. Just recently, a woman suffering from a mental health problem received a stunning response from her boss after sending a sick leave request. Check the full narrative below.
Madalyn Parker, a web developer who’s currently working for Olark, found herself in need of a two days leave. She believes allotting some time for her mental health could help her regain strength and focus at work. Determined to file a leave request, she sent an email to her boss that said:
“Hey team, I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100 percent.”
Parker admitted that she was not too confident sending that email to her team. She felt a little worried how the boss would accept the idea of filing a leave for mental health. The reason behind is the common perception of people that a mental health problem is a weakness rather than an illness. But to the employee’s surprise, the Palo Alto-based company executive Ben Congleton responded with:
“I just wanted to personally thank you for sending e-mails like this,” he wrote. “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 organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work.”
Stunned by her superior’s reply, Parker uploaded the screen capture of the emails on her Twitter. She is showing the world how a simple compassion could bring a huge help to people battling mental health issues.
As a live chat support agent, Parker surely encounters pressure and anxiety from customer demands and inquiries. Having to deal with them every single day is tiresome and depressing at times. And for someone like her who has struggled with mental health difficulties in the past, she exactly knows when she needs to pause and give her mind some time to relax and heal.
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