The world can be such a grim place sometimes that it’s great when a story comes along that’s just — well, just nice.
Madalyn Parker is a web developer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. A couple of weeks back she shared an exchange she’d had with her CEO after she emailed her team to tell them she was taking time off for mental health reasons.
Parker’s tweet has since gone viral in a big way:
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
The response on Twitter was overwhelmingly positive.
I'm gonna have to start job hunting soon and I'm mentally ill & have panic attacks. Thanks for giving me hope that I can find a job as I am.
— ollie🌱 (@recarmdran) July 2, 2017
Are y'all hiring
— Anthony Ly (@Funkopedia) July 10, 2017
I work for @olark.
We stick to our values (https://t.co/R4z2LGkW13) and strive to make business human 🙂
— madalyn (@madalynrose) July 11, 2017
Last week, Parker’s CEO Ben Congleton wrote a post on Medium discussing the reaction the tweet had received. It was titled, “It’s 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace.”
“It’s 2017,” he wrote. “I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 americans are medicated for mental health.
“It’s 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to offer paid sick leave. Did you know that only 37% of full time employees in the US have paid sick leave?
“It’s 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let’s get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different.”