This Employee Needed Mental Health Days. This Is How Her CEO Responded…

Normally when one asks for a sick day, the reason is usually for a physical illness, such as a cold, or the flu.


But when we’re having a bad day mentally, whether it’s related to stress, anxiety, or depression, we have a hard time asking for time off because there are no designated sick days for mental illness. And that’s a problem.

However, one employee and her boss have gone viral for shedding light on the importance of asking for a sick day to take care of one’s mental health.

Madalyn Parker, a web developer at Olark, recently took a couple days off work, explaining in an email that she needed to “focus on my mental health.”

Olark’s CEO replied to her email, and his response surprised her — in a good way…



Since tweeting a screengrab of the emails, Parker’s tweet has been liked more than 33,000 times and retweeted more than 10,000 times.




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