Workplace suicides are surging since December 2008 - not only in China (which was well publicized) but in the United States as well. The US number could be as high as a 75% increase in 2009 from the previous year.
Richard Shadick, director of Pace University's Counseling Center, an adjunct professor of psychology and a suicide expert, notes some warning signs to watch for:
- Persistent depression or sadness that lasts for long periods of time and impairs ability to function at work or in relationships.
- Verbal altercations at work or home.
- Excessive drinking.
Pay attention to this - and make sure your employees are aware of warning signs and feel comfortable reporting those signs to management.