The recently famous Madelyn Parker tweet of her boss supporting her taking time off for her mental health is an example of a supportive work environment that should be more common, holds Chloe Tejada of the Huffington Post. Parker’s tweet started a dialogue that revealed how little regard some employers have for their employees’ mental health. The issue is still highly stigmatized in society, which needs to be addressed. Workplaces need to ease the pressure on employees to hide issues that can be harmful to themselves. Tackling mental health in the workplace is good for society.
Madelyne Parker’s tweet about taking time off for mental health sets a bad example for workplace practices, argues Cheryl K. Chumley of the Washington Times. Neglecting work because of feelings of anxiety is not conducive to a productive work environment. Life is full of hardships, and taking time off for every setback should not be applauded. If a real issue arises then clearly that needs to be dealt with, which can be done by calling in sick, without needing to go into the details. The applause and celebration that the tweet got glorifies weakness somewhat much. Sick days are not needed for small mental health issues.