Woman Tells Boss She Needs Mental Health Day and Here’s How He Responded

posted: 07/12/17
by: Kristine Boyd
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We work hard to eat healthy, workout and not get sick. But how many of us really work on our mental health? We all have those times in our life when we are struggling to be motivated because of these issues. When we are going through these mental hardships, we rarely think to take off work. We fear that taking time off for mental reasons will make us look weak or lazy. However, taking off work for a cold is acceptable so why shouldn't this be?

Madalyn Parker, web developer, sent an email to her boss saying that she needed to take two days off to work on her mental health. She assured him that when she returned on Monday, she would be rejuvenated and ready to work. Sending an email like this can be scary, but her boss's response could not have been better.

The CEO of the company responded to her email with, "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 organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring out whole selves to work."

It is so important to realize that mental health is just as important as physical health. No one should ever feel like they can't take a day to separate themselves from stress and recuperate in order to be a more efficient employee. We love this positive message and think it should be an example to everyone to feel comfortable taking a mental health day!

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Via: PopSugar