"NO" for any service sector jobs in India.
IT jobs in India are worst.
Sorry its a big article....
*Stress kills 6 IT geeks
Chennai, March 28: Six software professionals under the age of 33 have died
and two top executives from renowned software companies have become
paralysed 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 practising 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 projects 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 Foundations 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 in 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
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
Ambanis 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 the 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.
So think again if you are staying late in the office regularly.
Think again about your family.
Think again about your social life and health.
What you should do?
Work is essential. Your contribution to the goal should be great. But,
please don't make it a habit to stay late.
Don't skip your Break Fast/Lunch/Dinner. None of these are equated by Pizza,
Biscuits/Wafers/Chat items. Avoid rich masala foods.
Be Indian, Eat Indian
Let your food regularly have
1) Ginger,Onion (small), Garlic, Mint leaves
2) Apple,Mosambi/Orange, Water Melon