Boss goes viral for brilliant response to employee asking for a mental health day

An email exchange between Madalyn Parker and the CEO of her company has gone viral after she shared it online.

"I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%" Madalyn wrote.

But it was the reply of the CEO which really got people talking...

"I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this," he said.

"Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organisations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work."

‘I had no idea my response would become so visible" the CEO wrote in a Medium Blog post.

"The reactions revealed that my stance on mental health in the workplace is unconventional, to say the least. I started realising how impactful [sic] my email had been after I began reading some of the responses to Madalyn’s tweet."

"Some of the responses brought tears to my eyes."

The email exchange has been shared tens of thousands of times online.

Source: Metro