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Minal Khatri

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Read The Beautiful Response Of A Boss Whose Employee Asked For A Mental Health Break

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  •  July 15, 2017

 

What would you do if you wanted a day off, just to relax? Probably, you will tell your boss that you’re not well or going out station. But Madalyn Parker had better reasons to state and something that led her to earn a good reputation at her workplace.

Madalyn Parker is a web developer at a live chat software engineering company called Olark in San Francisco, California. She recently took a few days off from work to focus on her mental health. While she was doing so, she emailed her team wherein she stated that she’d like ‘focus on the mental’.

Madalyn Parker

Parker has been a vocal advocate for supportive workplaces since the time she had written an emotional essay in 2015. She wrote, “Flexibility at work is something that I’ve always used as a good indicator of companies who care about their employees. Productivity isn’t attained by some one-size-fits-all environment. My needs change day-to-day, even. Some days I need to sit at a desk in the office with other people to energize and motivate me. Other days my anxiety prevents me from effectively interacting with people and I work best in bed with a cat next to me.”

Parker’s email that was written with honesty and frankly, had invited a brilliant response from her boss. Overjoyed with the reply, Parker then took a screenshot of the email and posted it on Twitter. She wrote, “When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision.”

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Since then her tweet has received 32 thousand likes and 9.5 thousand retweets. Some people were simply awestruck with her boss’s response while others indulged into the discussion about what kind of leave people should be taking for mental health issues.

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

Madalyn Parker

What do you think? Should there be a provision in the workplace policies about mental health leaves?

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