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…
When the CEO responds to your out of the office email about taking sick leave for mental health and reaffirms your decision. ? pic.twitter.com/6BvJVCJJFq
— madalyn (@madalynrose) June 30, 2017
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.