LOOK: Company commends employee for taking ‘mental health leave’


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In a world where taking a break is viewed as a setback and mental health is still belittled, one company stands out.

When Madalyn Parker told her team that she would take a sick leave for her mental health, her company’s CEO completely supported her, and even commended her for the reminder.

Olark, a live chat platform for businesses, lists “chill out” as its first core value and emphasizes: “There’s more to life than Olark!”

While some commenters wondered why she needed to be public about her reason for going on a leave, others shared personal stories of why:

There were some who wanted in on the company:

With Filipinos as some of the most stressed out workers in Asia—a Regus International survey pegs it at 42 percent, while a Grant Thornton International survey says 76 percent of Filipino business owners report being stressed—employers and employees alike can take a page from this company’s book.  /ra


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