How often have we all said to a friend or family member, “I can use a mental health day but I am afraid my boss will not understand.”
USA Today reports that when a web developer shared with her team and her manager that she was taking two sick days to focus on her mental health relating to chronic depression and anxiety, the response was indeed gratifying.
Her CEO actually thanked her for shedding light on the importance of good mental health. “You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we call all bring our whole selves to work.”
The interaction, shared on Twitter, has over 10 thousand retweets and 33 thousand likes. In June 2014, the employee wrote about how talking about depression at work was scary. “If you struggle with mental illness, know that there are people out there who strive to make their workplace empathetic and supportive.”
Fact: Over half of the American work force has vacation time that goes unused, resulting in 662 million untaken vacation days each year, according to Project Time Off. Americans are not guaranteed paid sick leave by law. Just how widely accepted is the idea of telling your superior “I’m taking a mental health day?” There are many skeptics who claim we have a long way to go. The analogy here could be considered the long battle to “Break the Glass Ceiling.”
Source: USA Today
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