Burnout in France: focus turned to workplace health after spate of suicides

Author: Richard Venturi, Guardian (UK), Published on: 12 February 2014

A...study by...Technologia...found that more than three million French workers are at a high risk of burnout. Tales of work-related suicides in the French media over the past eight years seem to support these statistics...Two of the...most high-profile cases involved France Telecom (...Orange...) and Renault. The former's CEO...and two...executives resigned in...2010 following 35 suicides...They were subsequently indicted...along with the company...under criminal law for workplace bullying. The case is still before the courts...[A] French court of appeals found...Renault guilty of gross negligence in...2012 with regard to three suicides in 2006 and 2007...More recently...the suicide of an Orange employee...reinforced the debate with...France's second largest union confederation claiming that it could be linked to the pressures of work. A statement from Orange said that the worker had seemed to be experiencing difficulties for the last few months and that a meeting had been arranged to propose professional support measures...Renault...details how Renault has been busy revamping the way it manages its staff in France in the past six years...[refers to AZF]

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Related companies: France Telecom (now Orange) Orange Renault