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
heart attacks or any pre-history of heart ailments or
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
The study, conducted at a cost of Rs 45 lakhs, covered more than 4,000
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
these individuals were assessed and it was found that the stress in
these professionals was only due to work pressure. All other factors
"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
are no longer something to rejoice about,"
"We found that the software industry has simply no routine. Deadlines
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, 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
Think again about your social
life and health.
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