Tuesday, May 8, 2007

எங்கே செல்லும் இந்த பாதை?

Six software professionals under the age of 33 have died and 2 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.
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 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.

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. (ஜி3 அக்கா இந்த வரி உங்களுக்கு இல்ல.)
None of these are equated by Pizza, Biscuits / Wafers / Chat items.


நாகை சிவா said...

//எங்கே செல்லும் இந்த பாதை?" //

தெரியலையப்பா தெரியல....

//Don't skip your Break Fast/Lunch/Dinner.//


புத்திக்கு புரியுது, ஆனா மனசு கேட்க மாட்டேங்குது.....

நாகை சிவா said...

//Deadlines hang before them and every day they chase new problems.//

Cent percent true. not only for software prof., network and comms profs too..... :-(

கீதா சாம்பசிவம் said...

ithukku than thinamum vanthu parkirene? appuramum enna speciala seyyanum? puriyalai! innikku vanthathaiyum accept panni achu. parkalam inimel.

ambi said...

//புத்திக்கு புரியுது, ஆனா மனசு கேட்க மாட்டேங்குது...//

@puli, yes, paaru naan kooda nerathuku veetuku poganum!nu thaan paakren, but rasagullas ellam innum veetuku pogaliye puli! :) LOL

Dreamzz said...

நல்ல பதிவு! இத பத்தி நானும் ஒரு பதிவு போடனும் என்று இருந்தேன்.. gre8!

Arunkumar said...
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Arunkumar said...

correcta sonninga ambi
blogging-ku nadula konjam break eduthu workum senja nalla irukkum-nu thaana solla vareenga?

//Deadlines hang before them and every day they chase new problems.//

nachunu sollirkaaru dwaraknath

Syam said...

ambi, kadaisila innum oru line add panni irukalaam...indha post ellaam padikareenganna...you are out of danger nu...namma ellaam ennaiku avalavu velai senju irukkom :-)

Jeevan said...

First we have to be there (alive) to enjoy that comes from hard work!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

Adadey ipo than coming here :D Inimey i think wont skip food ;)