Today, I came across a very sad and disturbing news. A young woman of 24 years old took her life due to work related stress. Some may think it is silly or out of this world to lose your life to something tangible like your job but I think it is one of the saddest things to happen to anyone, to any parent. But it is very real and not restricted to just Japan. This is not the first time I came across such news as well.
Whether it is the pressure of the job, the management or even the culture (sometimes it’s the combo of all three), it is not worth to commit suicide. Words and advice are easy when it comes out of the mouth of those uninvolved but to those immersed in the depressing situation, it is an endless dark tunnel with no guiding light.
We can all do our part by reporting abuse, bully and harassment at work. Many go unnoticed or brushed off. Abuse at work is no less than domestic abuse. It is just not as widely advertised as another form of abuse, and it doesn’t mean it is not happening. You might not be aware, bullies and abuse might even carrying on under your nose at where you work right now.
Too many a times, I have seen colleagues or friends brushed off a slight remark or shrugged off a rude comment. Don’t. In the professional world, we all need to be respected as we are paid employees, and not slaves or servants. Heck, even slaves and servants deserve basic human respect too!
If you feel uncomfortable, say so. If you don’t think it is within your job scope, highlight it. If you feel cornered, go to your boss or the HR. If it gets too much, leave. Again, it is easy for me to open my mouth to ask someone to leave their jobs. Ultimately, if it boils down to their livelihood or their lives, the choice is crystal clear.
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