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23 SUICIDES IN FRANCE TELECOM.  WHAT ELSE ARE YOU WAITING FOR? 

BIOFEEDBACK ARTICLE FROM SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS - 23 SUICIDES IN FRANCE TELECOM
SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D
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BY SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D.

CEO, President of

PARADISE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

The data is dramatic. Financial crisis leads employees to despair but they are definitely not the ones to blame for this tragic and inhuman result. The data shows that work stress has broken all limits.

Committing suicide due to work stress means that the person no longer has energy reserves. The body’s resources have been exhausted. This exhaustion doesn’t happen overnight. The process is long, slow and sneaky. Employees who feel that they perform under conditions of slavery and suppression, who feel underpaid, who believe that their work environment is unacceptable or even inhuman and off putting actually undergo the slow and sneaky process of energy resource exhaustion. When they return home from work, they feel exhausted, with diffuse physical pain, they feel soar or numb, they become anorexic or bulimic, they experience tachycardia, shortness of breath, sleep disorders and many other symptoms. On the other hand, they feel mentally tired, they are not in the mood to play with their children, noises upset them, their libido is extremely low and communication with their partner is marginally acceptable. Employees would very rarely realize that all these symptoms and many others are the results of work stress. They have only begun to realize this only lately thanks to the flow of information and they have begun to demand the help they need to solve work stress either from their employers or from the state. States cannot treat employees as some sort of expandable products. They need to implement a wide program to address work stress.

And if anyone wonders if the right time to invest in addressing work stress in now that we are in the middle of a financial crisis, the answer is that it is as if they wonder whether a company should invest in divers and special materials to seal a hole in a ship’s hulls or let it sink in the middle of the sea. How long can a state wait for when its employees start jumping off buildings? In the good old days when draining a employees’ workforce was covered by work offer and increased family income, few would consider investing in facing work stress. They saw it as a luxury. They actually could not see it clearly, because the truth is that work stress is always there, underlying and mining the foundations of employees, and consequently of the business and the national economy. So they are the ones who are mostly affected now that the sudden financial crisis has become the last straw that leads employees even to suicide. Of course, there also were the prudent, the reasonable, the progressive and modern ones who are looking for solutions and are effective.

They had been implementing programs to address work stress for years and now, in the middle of the financial crisis, they have well preserved human resources, they have employees who are self controlled, who feel safe and can be productive and well paid when others are in despair. The prudent who took care of their human resources when things were good, are those who prosper and expand despite the current crisis. They are those who have managed to take advantage of negative situations and turn them to their own profit. The financial crisis is a sort of a catharsis or a natural selection if you prefer, through which the stronger will survive and will set the pace for future development. Those who respected their workforce and shielded it with stress control techniques in prosperous times, were continuously benefiting from its developing productivity. Now they profit from the additional benefit of their workforce’s endurance and advancement even during the gravest financial crisis. They were not “foolish maidens” in times of prosperity. Quite on the contrary, they proved to be prudent, so today they can enjoy the results of their respect towards their staff, their companies’ mainstays. When societies lead employees to suicide, it means they have made tragic mistakes in human resource management which they need to rectify immediately. There is no more time left to waste.

 

- Published in “INSURANCE MARKET” magazine

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