A web developer named Madalyn Parker, who struggles with severe anxiety and depression, recently took a few days off from work to focus on her mental health. When she got an email back from her boss about it, though, she was stunned by his response.
Parker, who works for live chat software engineering company Olark, has been a vocal advocate for supportive workplaces since writing an emotional essay in 2015 about her harrowing battle with mental health issues and how they affect her career. Corporate culture often stigmatises depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, despite the fact that peak mental performance is often essential to these kinds of jobs. With her most recent experience, Parker shows the world that a little compassion goes a long way.
After sharing the email she received from her boss, Olark CEO Ben Congleton, a wave of praise rolled in. Over 9.5 thousand retweets and 32 thousand likes later, Congleton and his touching message have gone viral, and people have pretty much unanimously decided that every boss should be like him. Find out what he said below, and let us know how your boss would handle this situation in the comments!
This is Madalyn Parker, a web developer who struggles with severe depression and anxiety
Recently, she found herself needing a few days off, which she emailed her team about right away. And the way her boss replied is apllaudable.
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
Wish all the organizatoin has an undestanding enviroment towards thier employee.