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Marie-Eve Fournier’s report on stress at work, published in the Context section on Sunday, resonated with many readers. Here are some of your reactions.

Relaxing items

Thank you for this gift, two articles on stress… relaxing for me, because they confirm what I could have experienced if I had not chosen the disconnection which allows work in peace and depth. But what a pain these beeps announcing an email and a Teams meeting in cat or in exchange of text messages or on Messenger on the weekend… And a boss who reproached me for having stuck an opaque piece of cardboard in my office door window; I had to explain to him that I met clients as a psychologist! Serge Bouchard said: “Don’t look for happiness only in what makes you happy”, a thought that made me think of your remarks on the requirement for in-depth work.

Pierre Perreault

Very useful

This article is really timely. In 2016, I suffered major depression which led to job loss. The years that followed had their share of challenges. For two years, I have had a new job that I love, however, I am starting to feel the symptoms of stress again. Your article has just pinpointed several factors that contribute to this feeling. I’m almost embarrassed that I didn’t think of some of the stuff mentioned. Starting tomorrow, there are several “notifiers” that will be disabled on my computer.

Benoît Brault

Rethinking the organization of work

This article really resonated with me. The sources of stress that Mme Lupien describes are the main reasons that pushed me to retire on 1er last September at the age of only 62. I have worked in the education sector (at the college and university levels) for 40 years, in various managerial roles, including the last 20 as department director. Despite all the very formative learning during my long career, I became disillusioned over time, because the organization of work became completely stupid! The zillions of unmanageable emails, the numerous repeated absences of several employees, the lack of vision and openness of senior management, the excessive expectations of various categories of students, the budgetary issues, the impossible deadlines to respect and, above all, the lack of openness to the possibility of doing things differently completely killed me. In the end, I was exhausted and tired of not being able to question traditional management models that I considered outdated. And when we lose the flame, it becomes very difficult to ignite the spirit of a team that expects mobilizing and unifying leadership. After four months of retirement, I assure you that this step back allows me to put things in their proper perspective: we need to change management models and it’s urgent! Mme Lupien is 100% right, employers who will be able to adapt their organizational vision and who will have more humanistic and less restrictive values, those who will allow employees to concentrate on only a few tasks at a time and those who will offer a favorable work environment to mental and physical well-being will attract many more young employees than those who still manage as we did in the 1980s or even at the beginning of 2000. I now have a contract for 15 hours per week in an operational role and I am leaves peace with administrative mazes; what immense happiness! And I also have some mentoring mandates with young managers. Believe me, I won’t fill their heads with old masterful theories! Room for creativity, innovation and the pleasure of living. Isn’t pleasure the source of all our desires and efforts in life?

Yves Lahaie


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