Sometimes in life, we get so wrapped up in our responsibilities, that we forget to stop and take care of ourselves. Work can be incredibly stressful and chaotic and it can be draining on our mental health and psyche. That’s why many people take sick days off to support and cleanse their minds, and to get their mental health back on track. However, not all bosses and companies are okay with an employee using sick days for their mental health.
Twitter user Madalyn shared an email she sent to her coworkers and her company stating that she would be taking two days off to focus on her mental health. Her company’s CEO decided to respond.
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
While some CEOs may say that using sick days for mental health are against company policy, this CEO had something different to say. The CEO said that Madalyn’s email reminded him of the importance of putting mental health first and just why their company allocates sick days for both physical and mental health.
People on Twitter began sharing the email all over, saying they were so impressed by his response.
Had to do a double take to realize your boss and your company are so awesome! I wish at least half the companies on the planet were as nice— The Zooter (@BluntBong) July 6, 2017
Most companies treat their employees like machines. You're CEO's reply made me cry because he is a leader with heart & soul.— Francesca (@Prettyordinaire) July 12, 2017
As a mental health advocate, it's a great feeling knowing that there are more people out there trying to break this mental health stigma💚— lili lopez (@lopezlili31411) July 11, 2017
You and your boss are amazing! I've done this before but never had the guts to admit the real reason. I hope you're doing 👌— Kim Sklinar likes dinosaurs ⭐️ (@kim_neverenough) July 11, 2017