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Mental Illness and the Workplace

August 2, 2019


Like most firms, tech company Buffer has a variety of Slack channels. It’s doubtful that many have one that replicates Buffer’s conduit for employees to discuss their mental health issues. That’s where founder and chief executive Joel Gascoigne posts about his therapy appointments. Another employee shared that he was asking his doctor for an anti-anxiety medication, while a third broadcast his intent to start counseling sessions.

Buffer, a maker of social media management products whose workforce is entirely remote, prides itself on a culture of transparency, and that includes employees talking about all facets of their lives.

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