Death of the Corporate Warrior

Organizations that have survived the economic Armageddon confront unprecedented levels of complexity and amplified expectations from customers, employees, stakeholders, and society. Nefarious corporate leaders have hidden behind promises of improved consumer services while navigating excessive global competition, rapidly developing advancements in technology, vehement fluctuations of customer demand, and a destructively turbulent economy by intentionally victimizing its employees.

Fueled by fear, a need for financial security, pressure to conform, and bleak economic conditions, individuals and organizations found themselves caught up in an undercurrent of psychological pressure that compels them to work at a frenzied pace; effectively becoming the ‘Working Dead.’

Karoshi’ is a Japanese term that literally means death from overwork. According to several studies, the number of ‘Working Dead’ is growing, resulting in an increase in physical and emotional health problems, reduced productivity, poor work quality, strained marriages, and damaged relationships with co-workers and bosses. As more Americans put in 60, 70, or 80 hours at work each week, concerns about the health consequences increase. The Working Dead are prone to such health adverse affects as:

Psychological Health Problems

  • Debilitating Anxiety, Panic Attacks
  • Prolonged Stress
  • Clinical Depression
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Mental/Emotional Disorders

Physical Health Problems

  • Adverse Neurological Changes: Neurotransmitter Disruption
  • Cardiovascular: Hypertension to Strokes, Heart Attacks
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia,
  • Diabetes
  • Immunilogical Impairment: Increased frequency and severity of infections
  • Skin Disorders
  • Cerebral diseases and, eventually,
  • Death

Organizational viability, and ultimately success, is dependent on how efficient and effectively a company utilizes its human resources. The modern business environment demands exceptional leadership; doing whatever’s necessary to enhance productivity and efficiency at all levels can cross ethical and legal boundaries.

Better for 21st century managers to create strategy based on integrity; it holds organizations to a more robust standard. While compliance is critical in avoiding legal sanctions, organizational integrity is based on self-governance in accordance with a set of guiding principles. Without ethical, guiding principles and strict adherence to them; organizational leaders may find that they are in fact the ‘Working Dead.’

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