I woke up at night and looked at the clock and it was 4 in the morning. I got up carefully so as not to wake up my neighbor and went out to the living room. Knowing that I could not sleep even if I tried to sleep again, I picked up a book rather than lying motionless and repeating all my thoughts. Published by the Korea Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (My heart hurts at work) (Narum Books, 17,000 won,Photo), I learned anew. It wasn’t my fault that I suffered from insomnia every day.
Long working hours, performance pressure, harassment, and sexism are numerous in the workplace. Workers who are evaluated by the number of complaints from customers are afraid to come to the company today. Even if they get hurt while working, Korean society still regards the mental health of workers as a personal problem, making them blame themselves. “Why am I so mentally weak?”
According to a survey conducted by the Korea Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on office finance union members in 2020, more than half of the workers were found to be in the high-risk group (top 25%) of job stress. In emotional labor, more than 90% of respondents said they were not supported by the organizational protection system, and the rate of experiencing emotional dissonance reached approximately 80%.
If so many workers are experiencing mental health problems, it cannot be seen as an individual problem. In fact, we already know well that the working environment in the workplace causes job stress and adversely affects the mental health of workers. But why wouldn’t the company do anything? If job stress leads to a vulnerable state of body and mind, it is necessary to specifically ask what areas of job stress workers are experiencing and how much their minds are hurting. If so, how can we respond to ensure worker safety?
The answer to these questions is contained in
It’s not explicitly said in the book, but if you read to the end, you’ll know what you’re ordering from your readers. Demand and fight for the ‘right to health’ of workers. It is certainly a difficult task, but it is not entirely impossible. This change also occurred in the financial industry, where performanceism and competition were the most commonplace. The key performance indicator (KPI), which had been pointed out as a hotbed of excessive competition and incomplete sales, was abolished by the labor union at the parent brokerage firm. It is important to provide counseling to workers suffering from insomnia and depression, but I think the message of this book is that the movement to improve the working environment in the workplace is more important than anything else to protect workers suffering from performance pressure and job insecurity. .
German jurist Rudolf von Yeering said: “He who sleeps on his rights is not protected.”
This book tells us to stand up together and guard our hearts for ourselves.