October 7, 2009

EVEN FRENCHMEN FIND THEMSELVES INTOLERABLE (via Jim Yates):

Does work kill in the country of 35-hour week? (Emma Charlton, 10/07/09, AFP)

Short work weeks, enviably long lunches and vacations their American or Japanese counterparts can only dream of: French labour conditions are well-known to be among the most generous in the world.

But a string of suicides at France Telecom has cast the spotlight on a darker side of French corporate life, where high stress and fraught relations with management drive many workers into depression. [...]

France has one of the highest suicide rates among the world's leading economies -- at 17.6 per 100,000 compared to 13 in neighbouring Germany, 11 in the United States and 6.7 in Britain, according to World Health organisation figures for 2005.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2009 2:04 PM
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