Thursday, July 13, 2017

Using Sick Days for Mental Health

There is an interesting article over at which looks at using sick days at work to help maintain one's own mental health.  Millions of U.S. workers suffer from depression and other mental issues, and the workplace can often excascerbate these problems.  The article looks at one example where an employer of a small company was particularly supportive of his employee's notice to use her sick leave to help foster her own mental health, telling her in an email that "I can't believe this is not a standard practice at all organizations . . . You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work."

The article does a nice job of raising this important issue, and reminds us of the unfair stigma which often follows those suffering from mental health issues. It is reaffirming to see the positive response of the employer in the story, and hopefully this stigma will continue to break down over time. 

-- Joe Seiner

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