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April 07, 2005

Stress Kills 6 I.T. Geeks

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Chennai, March 28 

Six   software professionals under the age of 33 have died and two top executives   from renowned software companies have become paralyzed because of   stress-related heart ailments in the last six months in Chennai, says a study   by Mitran Foundation, a Bangalore-based voluntary association of practicing   doctors.
"All the six who died, and the   two who became invalid, had no family history of heart attacks or any   pre-history of heart ailments or paralysis. They were all in their prime,   between 27 and 33 years, and handled challenging project s at work in their   respective companies. They worked long and continuous hours. The end struck   them very suddenly, and it looked as if their hearts refused to take any more   stress," said Dr Dwarakanath, director of Mitran Foundation, who has studied stress components in 40 software companies in Chennai during the last six months.

This study was a follow-up of Mitran Foundation's four-year detailed national   study on stress-related ailments for working professionals. It concludes that   software professionals have pushed doctors to second position in being prone   to stress-related disorders. At present, there are over one lakh software   professionals employed in the information technology sector in and around   Chennai. With the expansions and consolidations planned by IT majors, this   figure is expected to grow by another 50,000 this year. The Tamil Nadu   government has given clearance for 40 more IT parks i n and around Chennai.   This means jobs for another 75,000 professionals. IT investment in the state   has risen from Rs 1,100 crores in 2001 to Rs 6,500 crores today. But the   question of whether there has been a simultaneous improvement in the quality   of life of software professionals remains unanswered.
The study, conducted at a cost of Rs 45 lakhs, covered more than 4,000   software professionals from 80 companies who were in service for a minimum of  three years. The email responses were scientifically tabulated and the   findings were ready in 2002. Dr Dwarakanath, who was the late Dhirubhai   Ambani's personal stress management consultant, said questionnaires   extracting every minute detail were sent to the respondents. The personal   background, family history and personal characteristics of these individuals   were assessed and it was found that the stress in these professionals was   only due to work pressure . All other factors were eliminated.
"Our study confirmed that the number of suicides, divorces, heart   ailments, BP and diabetes patients and mental depression are the highest in   the software industry. The fancy salaries of software professionals are no   longer something to rejoice about," Dr Dwarakanath said.
"We found that the software industry has simply no routine. Deadlines   hang before them and every day they chase new problems. During weekends more   than 60 per cent of the vehicles are found parked in the office complexes.   There is no physical exercise and new food habits favoured by pizza culture   fuel the problem. Cervical spondilitis and wrist problems due to   uncomfortable handling of the computer mouse, eye problems and discomfort in   bowel movements are common. The stress for couples where both are employed in   th e IT industry is the worst. The simple step of taking time off from work   for three months allowed an IT couple wanting a child for years to conceive   one," Dr Dwarakanath said.
M.T.R. Venukopalan, senior training coordinator, Covansys India, acknowledged   that IT professionals were the most stressed individuals. "Even if the   company sponsors a movie or self-care lecture, not many attend them," he   said.
Jyothsana, a travel coordinator for Temenos India Pvt Ltd, expressed concern   for the young employees who complain of back and knee pains. She acknowledged   that IT professionals require a specific eating and physical exercise routine   to ease their stress. "Our lives are becoming mechanical, guided only by   deadlines," she said .

Suchitra Srinivas

So, think again if you are staying late in the office regularly.
Think again about your health.
Think again about your family and your social life.


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Didn't you mean one shouldn't work with complete concentration for it may cause one to suffer from stress and one's life is at higer risk?

Apparently it seems a crap to me. :P

Posted by: Jeni | Dec 8, 2005 6:56:27 AM

I some how don't believe in authenticity of this mail . It might be HOAX/"Wanna Be Chain Mail" though I don't comment about the nobility of the contents. Looks very obvious facts whics I guess we all are aware of.
Can some one verify about the persons and institutions mentioned.

Posted by: Manish | Jul 18, 2005 4:54:56 AM

I read a wonderful saying on the desk of an investment banker whom I know: "NO ONE ON THEIR DEATHBED HAS ANY REGRETS THAT THEY DIDNT SPEND ONE MORE DAY IN OFFICE".

This shows that AMbition can kill....literally....

Posted by: Inspirator | Apr 10, 2005 3:06:35 PM

Interesting, where do you get such wonderful informative articles?

Posted by: SV | Apr 7, 2005 7:33:03 AM

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