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Work related stress.

What sort of level of sadness, depression or work related stress will lead someone to kill themselves by jumping to their death over high cliffs ?

After reading this article I keep asking myself this question.

You work for an organisation for 17 years, you are happy in your job, until someone else takes over and suddenly your life changes for the worse, as you see it.

Someone is selected for a post based on what they convince others they can deliver. The promise they can offer all sorts of benefits for the organisation.

How do they go about this ?

What level of concern do they have for those who are subject to the changes they will bring into the workplace ?

Who will ensure that all policies are considered fairly, equally and without discrimination ?

Who will be deemed to be the winners and losers, the movers and shakers, those on board and those who are not ?

Then I see the usual tribute statements that are made at times like these.

‘We have lost a hard working, honest, caring and well-respected man.

‘We have lost a much-loved husband, father and grandfather who can never be replaced.’

These make me feel even sadder because anyone who has experienced work related pressures will understand what the friends and families of people like this have to endure.

Who knows who, if anyone will carry the can for the this one. There will be the usual and pointless statements that cover the backsides of some elements of the organisation but in reality carry little or no worth.

‘We are ensuring our welfare and HR (human resources) policies and procedures are as supportive as possible.’

What exactly does that mean ?

Has this made the workplace better, more efficient and more productive ?

Anyone who has seen or experienced this will know the answers.

There is a real and big difference between those who do not like their workplace or are generally under-performing………….and those who are deeply affected by the dangers and reality of work related stress.

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  2. Sounds as if he was either suffering or already had depression.
    When put under that kind of stress it would make you wonder what life is all about.
    I hope that f*****g woman is happy.
    I would like to meet her!

  3. Havi9ng suffered from work-related stress, leading to depression, I have the utmost sympathy with anyone in the same position.

    Our work group (one of us on each of four shifts) suffered from being a training ground for new managers. We were all intelligent, self-motivated and more than competent to run the job without close supervision. Our “managers” succeeded in having three of the original four off work at one time or another with stress.

    Once you were ill, the company was brilliant in helping. However, how much money could have been saved, and how much more productive would we have been if the issue had never arisen?

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