Stress in the Workplace Takes Its Toll

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mercury7, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. mercury7

    mercury7 Member

    Very sad but true. Maybe ups will start considering the impossible pressure they put on their people
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  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    This is a timely topic with the revelation of the feeder management person that committed suicide out in Dallas, TX.
    After working excessive hours through some of the worst weather in the country shutdown Dallas and trying to get caught up through peak and then the possibility he may get fired ... the stress got to him.
  3. Kicked Your Dog

    Kicked Your Dog 22 Year South Cal UPSer

    First and foremost, my deepest condolences and regrets go to the remaining family. May The Lord give all their hearts peace. May God have mercy on this poor man's soul.

    We are just workers, regardless of position or tenure. Nothing is more necessary in life, than work. When one works humbly and with a greater purpose than them-self, life is lived fully. As UPSers, WE ARE ALL, SIMPLY, WORKERS. Our true reward does not come from our immediate superiors and it's a tragedy that our environment doesn't always value honest labor and toil. So sad...
  4. Wow this is truly awful for the family. If it is true that this was purely due to work pressures, they(family) actually have a case for wrongful death. What all must happen to end a life this way?
  5. ..... Not that any amount of money would make it better but at least some light would shine on what really goes on there. Just saying
  6. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    So they were the management who had to take the fall for failures resulting from following decrees from Atlanta + typical yearly weather issues. The bosses above should learn from this but unlikely to happen. rip.
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  7. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    As you shouldn't. It is appalling that UPS could drive somebody to this end.

    RIP, manager.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Sad it goes that way when we all know that we are set up for failure all the time.
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  9. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I hope you are wrong about this. If you aren't I hope ups pays for this. The pressure they put us all under.
  10. FilingBluesFL

    FilingBluesFL Well-Known Member

    Pretty crappy deal.

    Keep an eye on the others... we may not like sup's, but it's one hell of a psychological rollercoaster to have to deal with a death in the building.
  11. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Very sad....the stress is bad on both sides.
  12. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    I guess it was a local issue, huh?

    I never imagined feeder sups in Mesquite were in charge of national projections and responsible for buying and leasing airplanes so we all don't look like incompetent boobs on the national news.

    I guess I was wrong.

    Maybe it's just me, but you would think the executive management team in Sandy Springs would have be in charge of some of our operations. You would think with the PR disaster we just experienced that people at the very top would resign in shame, or be walked out of the corporate offices.

    But that's not how corporate America works. The swindlers get rewarded for their incompetence. Just like the banksters.
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  13. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    Agreed. One of our preload supervisors killed himself and it wasn't until a week later that people found out what happened, of course no one at UPS said anything.
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  14. mercury7

    mercury7 Member

    Peak wasn't just about the ice causing delays my building was running seven days a week having back to back sorts when it's usually 5 days a week with two sorts (preload & twilight) and couldn't catch up. I haven't seen a mess like that since the strike. Pkgs piled up and damaged everywhere. The company took on more than we could handle. Like one of my favorite upsers said, "you can't fit 10lbs of crap into a 5lb bag without making a mess", Something has gotta change. The warning signs have been there. UPS just refuses to acknowledge them. Managers constantly taking stress leave for years, some forced to work 20 hour days. Management working full time hours with no break of any kind and it's expected. We are not machines. They completely ignore the human element.
  15. Right because this was clearly the work of just these three people.....this really makes me sick. Hope whoever made the decision is proud of themselves.
  16. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    It seems there were many accidents reported and even one possible suicide as a result of the stress put on people this peak season.
  17. ChickenLegs

    ChickenLegs Safety Expert

    UPSers has an article about how to deal with stress.
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  18. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    What's it say?? Find another job??
  19. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I get crazy looks from my coworkers when I tell them that one big reason I like this job is the fact that it is low stress. Any stress you have in this job is brought onto you by yourself. It's really not that hard a job. Deliver packages, pick up packages, go home. Minimal paperwork, No meetings. And you only take your job home if you chose to. I leave mine in the DIAD slot after I punch out.
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  20. UPSER110

    UPSER110 Active Member

    You just gotta learn to deal with the stress. My wife would always ask me when I would be home during peak. My response: 10pm. We just came to terms its part of the job. I go out and be safe, do my job and go home. It is what it is, no need to stress. You can only work so fast and safe, I am in this for the long run and UPS will pay me very well to do my job.
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