Woman requests time off for mental health, boss sends the perfect reply

The world can be such a grim place sometimes that it's great when a story comes along that's just — well, just nice.

Madalyn Parker is a web developer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. A couple of weeks back she shared an exchange she'd had with her CEO after she emailed her team to tell them she was taking time off for mental health reasons.

Parker's tweet has since gone viral in a big way:

The response on Twitter was overwhelmingly positive.

Last week, Parker's CEO Ben Congleton wrote a post on Medium discussing the reaction the tweet had received. It was titled, "It's 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace."

"It's 2017," he wrote. "I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 americans are medicated for mental health.

"It's 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to offer paid sick leave. Did you know that only 37% of full time employees in the US have paid sick leave?

"It's 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let's get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different."

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14. Marketing Director 

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13. Client Relations Director

Company: Qualfon

PayScale Pay Range: $65,000 - $110,000

Job description: The client relations director is a full-time position where the right candidate has a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of management experience. Duties include optimizing client relationships and service delivery along with performing performance report analysis.

12. COO – Chief Operating Officer

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PayScale Pay Range$73,000 - $130,000

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11. Business Development Director

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10. Executive Account Director

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9. Director, Sales Operations

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8. Director of Professional Services

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7. Regional Director 

Company: Voya Financial

PayScale Pay Range: $87,000 - $140,000

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6. Regional Director Client Executive

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5. Chief Development Officer

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