What are the consequences for workplace stress for most baby boomers?
What brings this up is I have been having discussions with a variety of IBMer’s who were laid off, errr … uh … the subject of a Resource Action. Most had twenty-five plus years with IBM.
A common theme has been the physical and emotional aspects of working for IBM in the last few years. They were stressed out, and it was showing up physically.
I had lunch with an old friend, well he is younger than me so maybe he is not an old friend! He told me he was working 12-14 hour days 7 days a week. He had a variety of serious ailments that could be directly related to stress. All of these ailments had long-term consequences.
When do you say enough is enough!
When I left my last corporate position, my blood pressure was extremely high, I was suffering from a variety of other physical ailments similar to my friend.
At the same time, I had multiple friends die well before their time. I had one dear friend who suffered a massive heart attack while on a bicycle, only to have a good samaritan get out of their car within a minute of him going to down to start CPR. My friend’s heart was not restarted for 10 minutes. Except for a multiple bypass operation, my friend has minimal ill effects from the incident. We have no idea who the gentleman was who got out of his car. This had a dramatic effect on me! Life is too short to let it be affected by workplace stress.
I remember telling my boss, I needed to slow down because of health issues. His response was “go out for a run we got to keep going!”. Real sympathetic response!!!
That was the impetus to start the planning process for what is now Career Pivot.
It was only after I went home miserably one day with sky high blood pressure that I said enough is enough. The consequences of workplace stress were a much-shortened life and reduced quality of life.
When my friend was told he would be part of the latest resource action, he did not look for a job within IBM. He knew he needed to move on with his life. Sometimes we need a kick in the appropriate anatomical part to get us to take care of ourselves.
What are the consequences of workplace stress for you?
Have you ever said enough is enough!
Should you be saying this now?
Will workplace stress shorten your life and reduce your quality of life?Marc Miller
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