When Madalyn Parker called in sick for work, she received a surprising response from her boss.
Parker, a web developer, sent an email to her team letting them know she was taking two days off to focus on her mental health.
“Hey team,” she began her email. “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%.”
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
Shortly after she sent the email, the company’s CEO responded – thanking Parker for sending it.
“I just want to thank you personally for sending emails like this,” he wrote.
“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 organisations.”
“You are an example to all of us, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work.”
When Parker posted the exchange on Twitter, many were envious of her forward-thinking workplace.
I took a mental health afternoon at my last job and got passive aggressive documentation about the mental health coverage in our health plan
— Janie Clayton (@RedQueenCoder) July 1, 2017