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WORKED TO DEATH
Crying shame Most of us have seen someone reduced to tears by work stresses. But crying can be just the start of it. Some workers get so distressed they opt for suicide. And workplace stress is geting worse. Hazards 101, January-March 2008
It's the thoroughly modern way to die at work. Top occupational diseases
of the 21st century will be heart attacks, suicide and strokes. Hazards
argues that none of us should be worked into the ground.
go breaking my heart Stress at work greatly increases the risks
of a fatal heart attack or stroke. And it's not the boardroom fat cats
that are at greatest risk. It's us poor grunts on the shopfloor.
Fighting for your life Don't want to be a part of a nation of zombies? Use the Hazards resources
Get a life! We're on top of the traditional hazards, yet we still feel like a nation of zombies. The Hazards Get-a-life! webpages give news and advice about those work-life balance headaches, like overwork, fatigue, long hours and inhumane work patterns.
It's About Time The TUC's It's About Time campaign aims to put long hours and work/life balance at the top of the workplace agenda. Long hours, greater pressure of work, flexibility that only suits the employer and stress are the biggest problems in today’s workplace.
USA: Work to live vacation campaign The Work to Live Campaign "was created to do just that, to bring some sanity to a workplace out of control. Our goal is to amend the national labor laws so that our work practices reflect who we say we are—parents, citizens, and members of communities. You can't be those things with a 60-hour week and a one-week vacation." Work to live
USA: Harvard work hours, health and safety website. more
Drugs and alcohol When it comes to dealing responsibly with drinking problems at work, research shows we should target the boardroom, not the bar room. And dealing with drugs at work can mean giving management methods a fix. Frequently the problem is more work style than lifestyle. See the Hazards guide to sensible workplace drug and alcohol policies.
we bargained for We have never been more productive, and we are
rewarded with temporary contracts, long hours and back breaking workloads.
Hazards lists the top 20 questions union reps should ask on workplace
change and gives pointers on a better way to work.
Overwork Fatigue, long hours
and pressure of work are causing sudden deaths and burn-out and leaving
us in a hazy, half-exhausted world where a breakdown of body and mind
is a real and constant threat.
Psychoterror! Unions have
found long hours and job insecurity have fuelled an "epidemic"
of workplace bullying. Hazards provides advice on the right approach
to tackling the problem.
Changing Times webpages
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