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Under Pressure by Maria Katsarou, Denis Sartain

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In 1998, we were asked to conduct a stress audit for a large engineering firm, a move prompted by concerns that four of the firm’s engineers had been forced to take time off due to nervous breakdowns. The organization was male-dominated, and the macho corporate culture meant that although there was no explicit position on stress in the workplace, if there had been one, it would no doubt have been along the lines of “stress is for wimps.” This unspoken attitude was partly responsible for the breakdowns of the four engineers—they hadn’t recognized the signs of stress or felt able to address them. They did not have a way of knowing they ...

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