How to get rid of Karoshi, if we can say such a thing… what’s Karoshi?
August 14 – I apologize for the silence this week, but life just took hold with a vital academic project for me and I worked on it last week! Soon I’ll visit your blogs! Thanks for bearing with me!
Karōshi (過労死) means death by overwork and it has been recognized as a cause of death since the 1980s, in Japan. People are concerned about the rapid growth of it. “The number of resulting compensation claims reached a record high in financial year 2015″. Karoshi is also widespread in South Korea – gwarosa (과로사/過勞死) and in China, guolaosi (过劳死) (source here).
Japan is trying to battle it with the Premium Friday – employees would finish work at 3 p.m. on Fridays. The government is worried about its economy, but hoping people consume more, keeping a certain balance then. It’s a serious subject – more sources here, here, here and here.
I used to work for international banks in foreign trade, imports and exports and I remembered once I worked – alone in the bank – up to 1:30 am and at 9 am I had to be at my desk again. Long hours everyday. Every week I had medical appointments, with all the sorts of pain. Doctors would ask for further investigation and after results they’d tell me “there’s nothing wrong, all psychological”. After many years this way, I decided to change careers. I had an excellent professional status, but that’s not all in life – I NEVER regretted my decision.
How to battle karoshi? How do you battle stress at work?
Not so easy, but studies suggest “don’t eat lunch at your desk in front of your computer” – I am sure we have all done that Take breaks, vacations, naps. Create a good atmosphere in your bedroom to sleep well, have hobbies and… leave work at work, as much as possible.
Wishing you a beautiful week with many smiles! Thanks for the sweet comments!