Does it have to be depressing and who has the responsibility?

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I’ve now been reading around how people are getting more and more depressed at their workplaces. Who are to be blamed about this?

It’s always certain that when an economic crisis hits the floor and starts dancing, the people get hurt. It doesn’t just affect on the state or even in the corporal level, in a way or another it affects to all people – if you haven’t noticed, everything is really being run by the people.

Now there’s been a lot of writing about the well being of workers in these troubling times when layoffs and bankrupts are familiar subjects to us all. But in the end, who’s to blame?

The employers should keep a good care for their workers, that’s a crystal clear fact we all subscribe. In times, when everything isn’t going that well, the company should encourage workers more and ‘make them smile’, so to speak. Who the hell needs a lot of support in the first place that much when the good times are upon us?

Of course one should attend to their workers then also, but it’s in the bad times when often it seem everyone, from top to bottom, crawl into their shells and stop speaking to each others. Shouldn’t it be that in bad times everyone should do everything in their powers to make people feel at home? There’s a real connection between this and productivity and we should try to rise the level of it when the times are bad.

But we can’t just blame the leaders and bosses about everything. The workers have faults in them too. If you are feeling bad in your workplace, and see others are feeling it too, why don’t you do something about it? The world history is filled with events where people have repelled towards bad conditions and sometimes even achieved something with their actions. If you have a bad place to be and complain all the time, why don’t you do something about it then?

In a magazine I just read, was this one columnist who stated that the leaders should take actions for their workers’ well being, and make them feel better at work – she demanded it – or there would soon be many people suffering of depression. It was funny that at the same spread, almost next to it, there was also a small article about how the French workers had locked their bosses to their workrooms and didn’t let them out if they wouldn’t listen to their demands.

Well, this latter is a bit hardcore and I would like to see more real dialogue between different parties of a company. And I believe this is the root of all evil, this “different parties”.

In a company where people work, there really aren’t different parties. There are people in many different positions who should work for the common goal which have been set for the company. If the management team of the company hasn’t succeeded in doing this and delivering the message to other people of the company, they have totally failed. If the so called production team (i.e. workers) don’t succeed in keeping the productivity going, they have then failed. Everyone has their post to take care of.

There’s no real reason for “them” and “us” and using the terminology won’t be of any use for the business nor the people of the company. Unity in everything makes a cause to go around.

So when you next time think your boss isn’t doing things correctly, or you feel a worker doesn’t succeed to his or her level, talk about it. Even better, if this is avoided by talking about “where we are now” in time to time and often. You don’t have to be so dramatic about things and organize great big meetings where you DISCUSS ON THINGS – rarely one gets anything out from their mouths in frightening situations like these.

So remember that in the end, we’re all just talking meat and it is a caprice of faith where we are. In the meanwhile you may start learning your better co-worker image by reading a book Working With Emotional Intelligence by Dan Goleman.


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