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France Télécom Boss Lambasted As Suicides Reach 24

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http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle6853909.ece

Didier Lombard, the chief executive of France Télécom, faced calls for his resignation today after another member of staff committed sucide yesterday, bringing the tally to 24 deaths in 18 months.

The latest in a list of deaths, which has shocked France and sparked debate over restructuring at the telecommunications giant, occurred on Monday when a 51-year-old employee killed himself in the French Alps

The man, who was married with two children, left a note blaming the ''atmosphere'' at work before throwing himself off a motorway bridge in Alby-sur-Chéran.

Like many of the suicide victims at the former state monopoly, he had recently switched jobs — in his case moving to a call centre where he faced performance objectives.

'He was a civil servant who joined the firm when it was a public service operator and he kept saying that his new job wasn't for him,'' a colleague told French radio.

Mr Lombard was booed by staff when he visited the site in Alby-sur-Chéran, where he announced an end to the programme of compulsory job changes for managers.

He also suspended staff performance indicators at the call centre, but failed to quell a storm of protest over the spate of suicides.

The opposition Socialist Party called for Mr Lombard to be replaced at the helm of a group that has undergone rapid change since privatisation in 2004.

''Resignation is the only solution,'' said Benoît Hamon, the party spokesman, who blamed the suicides on reorganisation at France Telecom.

'In this sort of case, you assume your responsibilities and you go.''

I wonder if we are going to see more of these stories.

Although interesting to see he was a former civil servant who freaked at the idea performance targets, however not knowing if the performance targets where achievable it's hard to know if he was right to freak or not.

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Performance targets are there to breed insecurity, not improve performance.

However, they only work on those who are conscientious. ;)

Spot on - performance targets in most call centres (and I speak from experience ) are simply to give managers an excuse to get rid of those who don't 'fit the bill'

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France Telecom is a company that is making good profits

They have a politic called "its time to move" every three years you are moved on somewhere else i think that this person had lived in Lyon Grenoble Bordeaux

He was already considered by his "work mates and his "managers "as a high risk potential suicide case

He had an appointement with the works doctor on the Monday night but he committed suicide on Monday morning

He leaves behind a wife and two young children

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The French suicide rate is 26.4 per 100,000 for males. France Telecom employs about the same number of people.

Sadly if you have an organisation that employs vast numbers of people you unavoidably reflect these statistics all the more easily. The company should provide support for people who are encountering problems, but ultimately blame is always with the individual.

Obviously it depends on the circumstances, you have clear instances where depraved and morally bankrupt organisations like the British Government, the BBC and the wider media hounded Dr David Kelly to death.

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I wonder if we are going to see more of these stories.

Although interesting to see he was a former civil servant who freaked at the idea performance targets, however not knowing if the performance targets where achievable it's hard to know if he was right to freak or not.

Not in this country - we just let the stress of demanding deadlines, ridiculous hours, long long commutes and narcissist personality disorder bosses to drive us to drink, drugs, affairs, violence, break-down, anti-depressants and suicide!

Long before the suicide the company which has caused usually has fired you.

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The French suicide rate is 26.4 per 100,000 for males. France Telecom employs about the same number of people.

Sadly if you have an organisation that employs vast numbers of people you unavoidably reflect these statistics all the more easily. The company should provide support for people who are encountering problems, but ultimately blame is always with the individual.

Obviously it depends on the circumstances, you have clear instances where depraved and morally bankrupt organisations like the British Government, the BBC and the wider media hounded Dr David Kelly to death.

Donds to sillybear2 and indirect approach.

Nothing statistically significant in this story. Move along please.

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France Telecom is a company that is making good profits

They have a politic called "its time to move" every three years you are moved on somewhere else i think that this person had lived in Lyon Grenoble Bordeaux

He was already considered by his "work mates and his "managers "as a high risk potential suicide case

He had an appointement with the works doctor on the Monday night but he committed suicide on Monday morning

He leaves behind a wife and two young children

Very sad, very painful for all involved.

But I like this idea of it's time to move if possible (jobs, not necessarily location). Most people peak at their present job in about 3 years and then get totally bored and frustrated. Doing something new prevents this, yet you still bring your old skills and experience with you and go on to develop new skills etc. Good idea I reckon.

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