CEO’s Refreshing Response to Employee’s Use of Sick Leave for Mental Health

July 18, 2017

When Madalyn Parker messaged her boss and co-workers that she would be taking two sick days to focus on her mental health, she never expected her boss to respond like this – initiating a viral conversation about the importance of mental health.

“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… You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work,” messaged Ben Congleton, CEO of Olark where Madalyn works.

“Taking the time to heal the mind makes for a healthier work place,” Kevin Tibbles, NBC Nightly News.

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