Boss Has Unexpected Response To Employee’s Email About A Mental Health Day Off Work

February 18, 2018 Billy 0

How far would your boss go for you?

For some people, it’s a question they’d sooner not know the answer to because the chances are that it would turn out to be “not very far.” For others who have a good relationship with their employers, the answer actually ends up surprising them more than anything else, and a manager who normally stays remote and aloof can transform into a saint when they see an employee dealing with difficulties. Maybe this is just because complaints tend to ring loudest, but you typically hear more about the former breed of manager than the latter.

Sadly, in large corporations staffed by thousands upon thousands of people, human resources often considers employees expendable and makes no effort to understand the individual, or listen and take note of what challenges they face beyond token gestures.

Inevitably, this attitude leads to employees feeling undervalued, unappreciated and ultimately miserable. In a lot of jobs “stress” is seen as being something to be endured without complaint, and any consideration of the mental health of employees is little more than a vague afterthought.

This fact is why this next story inspiring and proves that there are plenty of bosses out there who are caring enough to really look out for the employees under them. A woman’s e-mail has gone viral this week after she shared her manager’s compassionate attitude towards mental health issues with the rest of the Twittersphere. Do you think your boss would do the same?

Madalyn Parker, who works as a web developer and engineer at Olark Live Chat, was feeling anxious and depressed and came to the conclusion that she needed to take some time off work for the sake of her mental health and well being. Now, unlike say, a case of the flu, a fever, or a virus, many of us would probably feel slightly uncomfortable about asking for sick leave for a mental illness, even though it is every bit as debilitating as a germ-borne disease. Yet Madalyn was bold enough to e-mail her office to let them know the situation, and that’s when her boss sent her a message that will surely restore your faith in humanity.

CEO Ben Congleton responded:

“I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our whole selves to work.”

Madalyn shared a screenshot of the email exchange, and it soon got a lot of attention online.

In an article on Medium.com, Mr. Congleton shared his thoughts on the issue in a post entitled; “It’s 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace.” In the body of this post, he stated “I had no idea my response would become so visible — the reactions revealed that my stance on mental health in the workplace is unconventional, to say the least. I started realizing how impactful [sic] my email had been after I began reading some of the responses to Madalyn’s tweet. Some of the responses brought tears to my eyes.”

He added, “There were so many stories of people wishing they worked at a place where their CEO cared about their health, and so many people congratulating me on doing such a good thing. This should be business as usual. We have a lot of work to do.” It’s good to see that employers like this are beginning to take mental health more seriously. Personally, I hope that more employees will find the courage to be more open about their the issue.

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Teenager Left Unconscious After Jaw Is “Shattered” By Kangaroo During Hunt

February 18, 2018 Billy 0

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Australia – and, let’s face it, many of us have – what might curb your enthusiasm slightly is the prospect of coming into contact with some of the country’s many sinister and sometimes deadly creatures.

I’m not just talking about spiders and snakes here, I am also talking about the most quintessentially Australian animal, the kangaroo. Kangaroo attacks on humans may be rare but that they do happen on occasion.

And that’s something a 19-year-old man by the name of Joshua Hayden knows all too well.

He was knocked unconscious following a kangaroo attack. The young man’s jaw was broken after a vicious altercation with a kangaroo that he had sought out while hunting for meat in the Wheatbelt, a region of Western Australia.

Hayden was out hunting with his brother in a paddock near Kellerberrin, 202km east of Perth. The incident happened on Tuesday night when the brothers set their sights on three kangaroos.

Hayden said that one of the kangaroos initially disappeared from view, but when he stuck part of his body out of the window so that he could shoot the remaining kangaroos, it suddenly appeared and jumped towards the moving car.

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Woman Mistakenly Buried Alive Tried To “Fight Her Way Out Of Sealed Coffin”

February 17, 2018 Billy 0

There is a reason many cultures hold a wake before a funeral. It actually dates back to before we had sophisticated medical equipment that can tell if someone is actually dead or not.

The wake was traditionally a period of mourning as it still is today, but it also used to be a waiting period to ensure a person was not buried alive. Yes, getting accidentally buried alive did happen sometimes, and apparently still does happen in Brazil.

A woman who was declared dead at a hospital was buried the next day, but 11 days later screams were heard coming from her tomb. Locals quickly smashed the tomb apart and when they opened the casket, the woman’s body was still warm.

Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, was rushed to Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras, Brazil on January 28th after suffering from severe fatigue. She then suffered two cardiac arrests and, according to her death certificate, died from septic shock. She was buried the next day.

Santos had previously suffered from fainting spells since childhood and took anti-convulsive medication.

Santos was only waked on the evening of the day she had died and was then laid to rest in a local cemetery in her hometown of Riachao das Neves. But on February 9th, which is 11 days after Santos was buried, locals began hearing noises coming from her tomb.

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Centuries-Old Church Abandoned Until Couple Transform It Into Stunning Family Home

February 17, 2018 Billy 0

If you’re thinking about moving or just like those home renovation shows on television, then you’ll love this article! One couple has made an incredible home for themselves in an abandoned church!

The St. Nicholas Church was built in 1792 but was deconsecrated in the 1980s and has sat abandoned ever since. It is located on a plot of land in Kyloe, Northumberland, which is in northern England. The yard may be filled with headstones, but inside is nothing short of spectacular.

A couple spotted the old church, fell in love with it, and decided to gamble their live savings restoring some of its key features and turning it into a family home. This involved jobs which included repairing the vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows.

The exterior of the church was perfectly restored to how it was in 1972 except for a row of skylights running the length of the roof. The inside, however, is a different matter. The couple wanted to make the church their home, so they had to adapt the interior to a functional living space.

The couple tried to reuse as much as they could from the church, saving the original seating and refinishing it to place throughout their new home. Many of the church’s fixtures and reclaimed wood can be seen in the space.

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TV Reporter With Vitiligo Paints His Skin Every Day To Stop The Condition Ruining His Career

February 17, 2018 Billy 0

Whether we like to admit it or not, our appearance means a lot to us humans. Each and every one of us is conscious about some element of ourselves, be it the shape of our thighs or the curve of our eyebrows.

Even the most attractive people on the planet have hang-ups about their physical appearance from supermodel Kate Moss, whose whole career centers around her looks, hating her “bow legs” to Scarlett Johansson who is conscious of her “chubby face”. Even Beyoncé isn’t satisfied with the way she looks, having once said, “I wear big earrings because I don’t like my ears.”

Oh and Angelina Jolie thinks she’s “odd looking” so the rest of us have no hope!

But one person who is really aware of their appearance is Emmy Award-winning television reporter Lee Thomas.

The 50-year-old entertainment reporter for FOX in Detroit has had a long battle with his skin after being diagnosed with vitiligo – a condition which causes the skin to lose its pigmentation.

Thomas was only 25 years old when he noticed an abnormal white patch on his scalp after a trip to the barbers.

“The barber finished and said to me, ‘Take a look.’ It looked to me like he had nicked my hair, like cut it too much down to the scalp,” Thomas told Daily Mail Online. “I told him that he had nicked me and he said, ‘No I didn’t.’ We go back-and-forth for a minute before I grab the mirror and he shows me that I had a light patch of skin the size of a quarter on the back of my head.”

Panicked by this, Thomas consulted his mother who told him that it was probably caused by stress. She recommended he worry less, but that soon became impossible when more white patches began to materialize.

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