High-Pressure Jobs and Mental Illness – HBR

High-Pressure Jobs and Mental Illness – HBR.

A thoughtful piece written in light of the recent tragedy with the Germanwings flight.

I most appreciated the author explaining how her own career trajectory was marked by recognizing that her depression was brought on by high stress environments.  She’s made trade offs and she misses some aspects of her former high flying life but she’s made choices that make sense.

The article also contains some good reminders of how risky it can be to disclose a mental illness and how costly it can be to get treatment.

Lastly, I appreciated the author laying out that formal accommodation is the base but what we really should strive for is a culture of understanding where we can express open support for employees with mental health issues.

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