Working to Death

A documentary by Paul Moreira and Lucie Boudaud
First broadcast March 13, 2008 on France 2

What is it that destroys people in the workplace? It drives some to suicide. And why does this epidemic keep on spreading? France ranks number three in the world for the frequency of work related depression, after Ukraine and the United States. We met men and women who had come very close to dying. Beyong the trauma and emotion, we wanted to understand what made them so sick. All of them talked of the destructive power of some work methods. A management style that became increasingly harsh in the world of finance, constant electronic surveillance, the ultra-flexibility of subcontracted workers… With the deep-seated fear of unemployment, doctors are warning that work-related illness is growing exponentially.