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WISE WEDNESDAY: Employee Requests Mental Health Days And Her Boss Has The Perfect Response

When it comes to all the things we’re required to do in our day-to-day lives, especially at work, mental health is just as important as physical health. But there’s a stigma attached to mental health, and it’s something a lot of people just aren’t comfortable discussing and taking care of.

Madalyn Parker, a web developer for Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Olark Live Chat, isn’t one of those people.

When Parker decided to take some time off work to take care of her mental health, she sent an email to her work team. She was clear and unapologetic about why she needed the time off, something we all could learn to be better at.

Under the subject line “Where’s Madalyn,” she wrote, “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%.”

The way Parker is unapologetically putting her health before her job is inspiration enough, but her CEO’s response to the email makes the story even better...

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