This is, in all honesty, a question that we as a society need to come to grips with. It’s a stigma that exists inside and outside of the workplace, but perhaps we feel it most directly when it comes to work.
“If I ring in sick with the flu that would be OK. What if I rang in and said ‘I can’t cope’ or ‘I’m having a bad day’? How would that be perceived?”
My guess is, right now, that it would not be perceived well at all. Until they are both perceived the same way, where taking time off to take care of yourself is valuable for either reason, we’re going to continue to have issues.
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