There are instances when an employee has to absent himself from work because he is not feeling well. Physical ailments inhibit us from performing our best at work because of the pain and weakness that we feel. These feelings result to decreased focus at work.
Although, not all ailments are physical. As humans, we experience mental and emotional exhaustion because of the problems and stress that we encounter every day. For this reason, there are mental ailments that can cause us to not perform our best and it can make a huge impact at work.
However, there are no standard rules in every organization that concern the mental health of the employees. No one can ask for a leave just because he or she is feeling mentally exhausted or depressed.
On the other hand, one employee was not afraid to ask for it. Madalyn Parker, a web developer at Olark, knows that she needed a break for her mental wellness. Madalyn suffered from anxiety and chronic depression.
One day, she emailed her coworkers and got an unexpected response from her CEO.
On her email, she said “I’m taking two days off to work on my mental health. With any luck, I’ll be back next week relaxed and back to 100%.”
In response, the CEO thanked Madalyn for sending him an email like this. The CEO was reminded of the importance of using the sick days to take care of one’s mental health and couldn’t believe that it was not a standard practice in every organization. He even said that Madalyn was an example to them all.
Not all company is like Olark. Thankfully, there are bosses like Ben Congleton, the CEO of Olark, that are kind enough to consider the mental wellness of their employees.