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Work­place Sui­cides on the Rise.

Work­place Sui­cides on the Rise Lately work­place sui­cides have be­come more com­mon around the globe. Re­ports sug­gest around one mil­lion peo­ple have killed them­selves world­wide till date in­clud­ing over 30,000 Amer­i­can em­ploy­ees. Ac­cord­ing to Amer­i­can Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics, a to­tal of 1,719 male and fe­male work­ers com­mit­ted sui­cide on the job be­tween 2003 and 2007.

The rate of work­place sui­cides has climbed dras­ti­cally since 2007. The prac­tice is cur­rently the main source of death by harm in the United States, out­per­form­ing car ac­ci­dents. This may in­di­cate in­creas­ing pres­sure and stress lev­els among em­ploy­ees. The pres­sure on tar­gets and dead­lines, race for prof­its and ex­ces­sive in­di­vid­u­al­iza­tion as well as ev­ery­one be­ing forced to com­pete with their col­leagues are some of the causes of sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies. They lead to psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems in the work­place which have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the way em­ploy­ees work.

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