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Boss’ Brilliant Response To Employee Asking For Mental Health Day Off Goes Viral
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Boss’ Brilliant Response To Employee Asking For Mental Health Day Off Goes Viral

A web developer named Madalyn Parker 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 stigmatizes 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!

(h/t: Attn)

Meet Madalyn Parker, a web developer from Michigan who works for Olark

Recently, she found herself needing a few days off, which she emailed her team about right away

The way her boss responded, though, was something most of us would never imagine

After sharing the touching message on Twitter, the world pretty much gave him a digital standing ovation

Unfortunately, employees from other companies didn’t get the same support from their bosses

Some people even sparked a discussion on what kind of leave people should be taking for mental health issues

Do you think employees deserve days off work to take care of their mental health?

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giovanna
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I CAN'T believe the comment that compares vacation to "mental health needs". Sure you go on vacation to get relief from stress, but do ppl really still ignore the difference between stress and depression? Unbelievable.

Linda Nolan
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes they do. As well, Ppl think a mental health day is an excuse for "retail therapy". When one suffers from an illness like depression or anxiety the last thing you want to do is go out shopping!

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Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you are ill, you should not come to work, and that is strongly in the interest of the employer. What might be misleading in her quote is the "refreshed", which might make people think that "mental health issue" equals "being a bit worn out" and refreshing means "taking a day on the bright side of life". The boss' attitude is not really surprising though, if she works in an environment of agile software development. Typically, the people are not seen as "human ressources" in such a context but respected for their contributions.

Ulrike Mergenthaler
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For us Germans this concept is iust so strange. Depending on your employer ou have 5-6 weeks (legal min-max) vacation per year and when you are sick, you are sick. Your doctor decides and writes a note.

Jenni Bearden
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most companies in the US only give 2 weeks' paid vacation per year, and that often only starts AFTER you've been with the company for a full year. It also used to be common to additionally have 5 sick days per year, but many companies now do not offer this and instead have you use your vacation time towards being sick. They often require a doctor's note if you don't put in for time off in advance. On top of that, supervisors and managers will often criticize workers for taking sick days, and sometimes even for taking vacation days. It is a really messed up system here!

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Jeanna
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have done this but I had to lie and say I had the flu or something physical (not mental) because people still don't understand depression, or side effects of anti-depressants.

jevais
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel very sad about the way it is the States. If the companies big boss and the top guns of goverment didn'dt have slaves to do the work or go to war, who would then? Not having any respect for those who built their country is totally unfaire and horrible. USA will never be great until basic human rights are applied.

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Maciek Ravs
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you need day or few to fix your mental health do it! After a nervous breakdown and when you go on meds when you get depression, you will not be productive in your work and for your employer anyway. Boss who care about own employers and company interest should understand that.

Bill Monaghan
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I call my boss and tell her "I'm calling in sick" she knows I may not be physically ill, or even particularly mentally ill. She just gets I need an unexpected day or two off and doesn't need to know why. I don't abuse the privilege, but I use it. I work in a relentlessly top-down environment and I'm lucky to have a decent human being as a boss.

Ivana Viviano
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do believe that there are a lot of understanding individuals in leadership roles, but they are definitely a minority. When you are lucky to find one, hang on and don't let go. Some "hidden" benefits are priceless.

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only our company's system respected even our physical health... We only have a limited number of permitted day-offs, and sickness is no extra. Unless you are almost dying in a hospital. If you use those days for sickness, you can say good-bye to holidays.

giovanna
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really? I don't know how it works in the US. Where I live you have a yearly amount of days of paid vacation, but sick days don't get into the count. Sick days are whenever you need them, given that a doctor certifies you are really sick.

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Naomi Vogel Meredith
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm pleasantly shocked by the CEos response. My daughter killed herself 3 years ago and while I was still working after that, I needed several mental health days and my company was very understanding. I even let my son take mental health days from school after her death. We needed to take care of us.

Bunny Sevex
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brother just passed away of the same thing, we were very close. Anyways working at a place free overtime and everything for over a year and needed to take a week to say goodbye and help the funeral, and come straight back in.then my employer told me to "cheer up or they would have a problem" so I quit and they made my life hell for quitting

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Lauren Spaduzzi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see that a lot of these comments are suggesting that she shouldn't take time off just because it wouldn't fit within the PTO policy of another employer. Your personal situation or the policy on time off at your own company, should not dictate the actions of others. If her company allows her to take time off, then its her prerogative to use it as she sees fit. Likewise, if you dislike the policies of your own company, then it is your prerogative to seek alternative employment. And just for the record, I work in the US and my company gives me 20 days of PTO per year and that does not account for sick leave. I would like to see the source from the commenter that suggested most US companies only give 2 weeks of leave.

Andrea Jones
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not writing to dispute what Lauren has said, I'm genuinely curious - never had more than two weeks PTO, with sick days counting for the total - two different states, both "right to work" states. Wondering how others compare.

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Mark Hayman-Martinez
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I take my bosses for granted. I think either of them would have been just as supportive, if not more! Here's to the people who get it that a happy worker does better work!

Angela Kallstrom
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My last employer told me if I need time off like that (I've been diagnosed with generalized anxiety, social phobia, and moderate to severe depression) I needed to look into getting paperwork from Americans with Disabilities Act. My doctor filled out leave of absence paperwork to use. We need more companies to realize the importance of mental health.

Long Joan Silver
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I totally agree with you. I recently had to use my annual leave as a mental health break for one week. Everything got too much.

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Yesica1993
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem is that every little thing is called a "mental health" issue these days. Who doesn't have some anxiety and stress in their lives for whatever reason? Good grief, I'm dealing with a major health family health crisis, I've been unemployed/under employed for years, and all the rest. I work from home as best I can. I don't get to "take a mental health" day. I work part time and I HAVE to get all the hours I can in order to pay my bills. Plus, I have to deal with the family situation. That's life for most people. They don't get a day off for "mental health." It really is getting ridiculous.

CelSlade
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the core problem here is people still distinguishing between 'mental health' and 'physical health'. They are one and the same thing - the two are in such a clear feedback loop that trying to distinguish between them is senseless. Health is health and if you need to take time off to take care of your health then employers need to respect that.

CelSlade
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To clarify - I agree with the employee's choice to take time off for her mental health, and applaud her honesty. I do not agree with those comments which try to imply that 'mental health' issues should not be considered 'health issues'.

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Nathalie Cue Gomez
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just got fired because of taking 5 days off for a very bad cold which I caught at work from other colegues too afraid to take days off for sickness. So, I will not imagine what will happen taking days off for mental health care.

Long Joan Silver
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so unfair. I don't know which country you reside in, but here in Australia, you can report the company to the Fair Work Ombudsman, and take them to court for doing that to you. I hope you find a better job soon.

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Matt Myers
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

good luck trying this bit if you're a man, or work at a job that actually requires you to actually DO anything. can guarantee the CEO of taco bell is not going to send you a personal tweet to congratulate you for taking a couple days off of taco-stuffing so you can bravely concentrate on "self-care", you lily white millennial buttercups.

Martin
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's today's snowflake society, I doubt the dishwasher at a diner gets days of for "stress" deal-59687...c69226.gif deal-5968701c69226.gif

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porcupine
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I get it. I get the need to take a mental health day, but something about this whole thing is just so irksome. I may be a bit biased because this girl just LOOKS like she'd be obnoxious (why so many pictures of her, btw?), but her email and the fact that she sent it to her whole "team" gets under my skin. If you're taking a mental health day, don't do it like this.

Donna Oades
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what I was trying to get across in my wayyy-too-long post haha. Your last sentence sums it up; if you're taking a mental health day (which I really think should just be called a sick day, because that's what it is) then this isn't the best way to go about it.

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Sarah Katz
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if the response would have been as congenial (or come from the CEO) if she were in a non-technical position. As a developer, she is hardly expendable.

Ivana Viviano
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am sure it would have been the same. You do realize he didn't have to write anything at all, but he obviously has a human side that pushed him to do so. I bet that that very human side would have made him feel the same towards any employee. Here's the problem in the workplace: insinuating comments from those who are envious when they witness efficiency, success and kindness in one single package.

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Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and the slippery slope just got steeper

J.E.C.
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't worry in 10 years all employers will be required to give 10 mental health days a year to employees.

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Kjorn
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the problem with that it's many... and MANY people will use that excuse even if they didn't need it.

Leni
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they feel the need to use it as an excuse perhaps on some level they did need it.

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not a matter of "deserve" it's a matter of need. The word choice, to me, is telling. Mental health matters, and should be seen as a serious issue. Taking time off because you're not feeling mentally well is as necessary as taking time off because you're not physically well.

John Lacey
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a doctor says you need time off for mental issues then yes, it should come off your sick leave. If you self diagnose your mental health then I'm not so sure. "I'm not coming in today because I think I have malaria, I'm not going to get a second opinion you should just believe me"

Muhammed Ismail
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As someone that suffers from mental health issues, I can attest to fact that most doctors, or at least the ones I can afford, have no clue on how to treat mental issues. They usually just prescribe some shitty meds that make me more sick. A year or two ago, I decided that whenever I feel some mental illness brewing, I take a day off from work, chill at home, smoke weed and play games. This has worked really great for me and actually allows me to be at work more often. Previously, I would have endured the agony until I land myself up in hospital and have to take an entire week, sometimes 2, in order to recover. FYI: Software developer here and if you're wondering why I can't just wait for weekend to chill... weekends are not chilled, weekends are for cleaning and taking care of life's admin, for being happy so that you don't make the people around you miserable thus making yourself even more miserable.

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tbbaot
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it's a vacation day and it's requested in advance then who cares what you do with the time. If your calling out sick for mental reasons, who do you think has to cover your work load while you are out? Yup...your coworkers. Not a smart thing to do to them either.

J.E.C.
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not all jobs require someone to pick up your slack when you are out.

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Lori Thompson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am fully in support of mental health days for those of us truly affected by mental health issues. (I have bipolar disorder and BPD) However, I see people abusing it, saying with a laugh that they needed a "mental health" day. Maybe a doctor's note?

Nikola Markovic Hari
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think each full moon day should be a day off. It`s hard to work when I`m turning into a werewolf mentally.

Herb Eaversmells
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for her on speaking up, maybe that is her intent to bring awareness to the issue. But if you have time off to use, you really don't need to give context of why you are taking off.

David Wilson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a manager I realize there are two options when it comes to employees. The question you have to ask yourself is do you want a stump that shows up to work or do you want a highly productive member of your team. I personally can't afford stumps so I encourage my folks to take a break if they need it... BUT not to abuse it! Some do of course but that is par for the course and can be dealt with separately.

Akidoki HC
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do believe in separating sick leave and vacation. They are two different categories that have nothing to do than both are days off. But the big question is still how honest are the employees in asking the sick leave. Real sick or real abuser of the trust of the company's kindness? I doubt that most are honest because I see it at work place often that colleagues report ill but actually were taking children to the park or shopping in town.

Revgirl2017
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone's mental health is different.. how many lives could be potentially be saved if right before someone snapped they were able to take a mental health day with no issues or questions... look at the big picture.

Lew Kimball
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an RN, the hospital I work at doesn't even require a reason fir call off unless it exceeds 3 shifts in a row. It does, however, request that we call each day, and give at least 7 hrs notice prior to start of shift. The amazing part of this policy: we actually still acrue PTO hrs ON THE PTO HOURS USED!!! First place I've ever heard of that.

porcupine
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well that's because nurses are angels on earth and are the hardest working people I've ever seen. Seriously, you guys are amazing and deserve it.

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Carmen Hernandez-Lara
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just as people are so open to talk about a flu we all should be open to discuss our mental health and ask for help. Good for her and her boss!

Long Joan Silver
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, I agree! Some people are ashamed to discuss their mental health issues, and that's quite sad. Some people tell us to never talk about it, as have I from family and some people I met over the years. Why should I not talk about it? Me speaking up could potentially save someones life.

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Srijit Bhattacharya
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She should try working in India. We will see if she gets a leave on account of mental health.

Leni
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why exactly should she try that? Lol.

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Cherié Terblanche
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Definitely... I worked for a medical insurance company, ironically enough, and they were soooo corrupt... anyway, I had developed depression due to combined personal and work related stress. They refused to give me my lunch hour earlier in a day once a week to go for therepy. I cracked and was later fired because of it. IF they'd just let me go to my sessions, I believe it wouldnt have happened. Its better to be at home crying than to have to explain yourself in a work environment OR try to help customers with a face looking like you walked into a brick wall. Just saying...

Long Joan Silver
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't believe that they did that to you! That's so unfair! I hope you heal soon, and stick to your therapy sessions. This is coming from a person who's also seeing a psychologist every few weeks for the same reasons.

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Emre
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Human Resources department's first responsibility is to take care of employees. Physical or mental doesn't matter. Human is the most important production factor to all kind of businesses. And the most of our investments are on well educated team workers. Employers must be aware of it.

Helping Panda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Human Resources department's first responsibility is to take care of employees." What makes you think this? Are you just going by the name? As far as I can tell, in practice, their first responsibility is to protect the employer...

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Allie Orona
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What the boss did was amazing. Most bosses forget that we are incredibly stressed (talking about the average person right now) humans, rather than machines to be worked.

Ed Manley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Employers must control costs. Tasks need to be completed on time and in budget. Teams must count on members to complete their part on time. Deadlines must be met. How do 'mental health days' contribute to any of that? In today's politically correct world it may not be acceptable to stand up for employer rights, but I will. During recovery from an accident in 1979 I have had 42 surgeries, many of them bone grafts and post-surgical infection-related, lost a leg, broke my neck, divorced, been buried by medical bills that drove me to bankruptcy and been diagnosed and treated for depression for many years. Unless I am in the hospital I go to work. I have for weeks on end worked with an IV bag hanging from my cubicle wall. When I retired and started my IT consultancy I employed six full-time and many contractors. I expect the same level of loyalty, attendance and effort from them that I gave my employer. If you can't do your job dependably get another.

bigoldthor
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Agreed. Employers should try to accommodate to a point, but ultimately the employee needs to do his job or move on.

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Marisa Barnes
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are a lot of comments on here calling this a luxury entitlement, that if this were a national policy requirement, workers would take advantage, and that since so many people have it worse how dare she use this incredible benefit with the support of her boss and co-workers. The US has one of the best work ethics of all the work forces in the world, and I say that both from data and experience. We deserve some of the perks that are enjoyed in our peer countries; imagine what our amazing work force could get done if we benefited from preventative care and stress reduction on a national level? Calling this lazy is the wrong attitude to have here. We've been working hard for generations to line the pockets of those who are rising above us in a widening class divide, without any of the huge advances in the base living wage, benefits, and family care that are enjoyed in most other countries of similar development/wealth.

bigoldthor
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although I generally disagree such policies or accommodations (abused), you do make an eye-opening and compelling point. Very well said.

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Richard Miller
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A company I worked for allowed its employees 4 additional annual leave days a year for what they termed 'duvet days'. We could, if we felt it necessary, take a days annual leave if we were to wake up one morning and feel so drained of energy that the very thought of getting up and ready for work was exhausting and a day under the duvet to recharge our batteries and rest our brains would guarantee a fresher, whole version of ourselves again on return to work, we were encouraged to take a 'duvet day'. To be honest, most people took one or two of the four we were able to take if required. The fact we were acknowledged for the mentally draining roles we were undertaking made us feel like an understood and cared for workforce. It also encouraged honesty and openness amongst colleagues. It can only be a good thing to support your staff in the way the CEO chose to and will have increased the level of respect his employees already will go have had for him.

Diana CrunChewy Watson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I need a mental health day, I just cal in sick with "anal glaucoma," because I can't see my ass going to work that day.

Karl Loepke
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why on Earth do Americans want to be more like Europe? America is awesome for a lot of reasons. Work ethic is a big one. That being said, vacation and sick days are over in the same if you're a business owner. Either way, the employee isn't there, so just call them out of office days. Who cares what they use them for?

fita zahra
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

some employees are lazyass. her boss knows her and some boss knows their employees. so it depends on the person performance in their work really.

Betty Lycar
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the boss's response sounded a little bit sarcastic. "Every time you do... bla bla bla." So it's not a one-time thing. She took it as a positive response and it went viral and the boss sounds like a prince, so it all turned out positive. IMO

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once took the afternoon off for Yankee opening day and my boss was fine with it. Be honest and make sure all your work gets done.

Jeffrey David
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

MY BOSS NEEDS TO BE IN AN INSTITUTION

Heather Coates
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I pay into benefits off every check and sick pay is part of them. Bank has over 500 hours available in it but if you don't bring a note you don't get paid. But health care in Alberta is on a budget and the emergency rooms are cramped with horrific wait times but please while you feel like garbage go to the ER for about 6 hours to bring back a note that says you didn't feel well.but if you really hate that idea come to work not at your best and when they notice you are having trouble keeping your shit together they will send you home because you are to ill to be there and it will pass to other employees. And if you want to be paid for your remaining hours go get a sick note. ovay Did I mention I WORK IN HEALTH CARE!!! Anyone who has taken leave for mental health issues within my area of work were slowly passively forced out and continually questioned if they are capable of doing the job or being told that they don't think they were ready to return and sent back on leave.

Allana Rose
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too much stress can lead to mental health issues and those stresses often start from work related problems so of course we should all be able to take a "mental health day" off without stigma.

Kayla Tiede
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have depression and take medication to help manage it but I think why most employers don't do this is because a majority of people would abuse it like people do FMLA.

Katinka Min
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think people need more paid vacation days in the US!!! Or if people need a sick day, they should just take a sick day. Who cares if it's mental or physical health or both that is affected? To me, the whole thing seems slightly weird and attention seeking.

bigoldthor
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty hard to run a business if people can just come and go as they please. Eventually the work has to get done, so the business has to decide whether to: (a) do nothing and let output and quality of services/products suffer and the morale of other employees suffer, leading to THEIR OWN mental health issues and absenteeism (snowball effect here), or (b) hire more people to cover for the absenteeism. In (b), the patients/clients/customers end up paying for those additional costs. Most businesses can't afford to add headcount ad infinitum. They have a responsibility to return profits to the owners/shareholders. If they don't, the owners look elsewhere to put their money. (Yes there are some greedy SOBs owners everywhere who seek exorbitant profits and don't give a chit about their employees. Screw them.

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Patrick McKenna
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I appreciate how open they both are.

Janice Mcmahon
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a compassionate boss,to truly understand her needs.More bosses could learn from him.

Ja Legge
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some jobs do give us mental exhaustion or stress, I don't see any problem taking a couple of days to rewind.

Rohit Goel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mental health is rather more important than physical well-being.... a person with physical illness can still work because the drive force is working in the desired manner. Whereas in mentally unbalanced state, it’s not possible to focus... forget about the productivity.

Matthew Medeiros
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As long as every working citizen in the country does, than hell yea i am all for it. If it were something made mandatory for just officer workers i would be against it.

Stacy Quinn
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017