Major.

SUMANA SAHA

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Days were colorless when both of us left home,
Everyday our country land used to bathe in a pool of gory.
You went abroad to study while I stayed back,
Only to witness people staring at the twilight skies
Waiting for a ray of hope amid the blend of light and dark. 
Finally it all ended.
And on this day you return.
I can see you but you can’t see me.
I can see your nine year old waving the tricolor;
And you, with teary eyes, looking at my uniform and medals around.
Slowly you walk up to my photo on the wall with a garland,
With a shivering voice, you utter “Happy Independence Day, Major.” 

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Well-being at Work

SUMANA SAHA

Stress has many interpretations and is one of the most ambiguous words in the English language.”

Stress is an important parameter in organizational behaviour, in part due to the increase in competitive pressures that impact workers and managers alike. Stress carries a negative connotation for some people, as though it were to be avoided. This is unfortunate, because stress is a great asset in managing legitimate emergencies and achieving peak performance. Stress, or the stress response is the unconscious preparation to fight or flee that a person experiences when faced with any demands.

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It may not kill you… But the wear and tear?

Consequences of Stress

POSITIVE STRESS

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Positive stress can bring performance and health benefits. The Yerkes-Dodson law shown alongside indicates that stress leads to increased performance upto a certain optimal point. Beyond that, further stress and arousal can have a detrimental effect on performance. Healthy amounts of stress are desirable to improve performance by arousing a person to action. It is in the mid range of the curve that the greatest performance benefits from the curve can be achieved. Performance declines beyond the mid point in the curve because of increasing difficulty of the task to be performed.

INDIVIDUAL STRESS

“Work-related psychological disorders are among the ten leading health disorders and diseases in the United states.”

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An extreme preoccupation with work may result in acute individual distress, such as the unique Japanese phenomenon of karoshi, or death by overwork. The most common types of psychological distresses are depression, burnout and psychometric disorders, which may lead to emotional exhaustion.

ORGANIZATIONAL DISTRESS

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  • absenteeism
  • tardiness
  • strikes
  • work stoppage
  • turnover

Performance Decrements:

  • poor quality of production
  • low quantity of production
  • grievances
  • unscheduled machine downtime and repair

Compensation Awards: court awards for job distress

Organizational Stress Prevention

  • JOB REDESIGN: Enhanced worker control reduces stress and strain without necessarily reducing productivity.
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM: Team building and interpersonal communication provide emotional caring, information, evaluative feedback, modeling and instrumental support.
  • GOAL SETTING: Activities should be designed to increase task motivation while reducing the degree of role conflict and ambiguity.
  • ROLE NEGOTIATION : Focal roles and responsibilities are negotiated with insights from key members so as to avoid conflict and confusuion.

Individual Stress Prevention

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  • INDIVIDUAL STRESS PREVENTION
  • Positive Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Leisure Time Activities
  • Physical Exercise
  • Diet
  • Relaxation Training
  • Opening up
  • Professional Help

Preventive Stress Management

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Bengal – The Cultural Epicentre

SUMANA SAHA

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The cultured celebrate her

The core of culture, they call.

The evenings, they say,

Bubble with life!

The perfect combination

Of Yellow and blue

Giving rise to green.

The sun above,

The rivers and seas below,

Converging where born

The green hub of the nation!

Rustling flowers for worshiping,

Using washrooms in nearby malls while roaming,

Treating tenants as poor,

And not listening to anyone.

A mandatory mango-mustard after lunch,

A compulsory nap in the afternoon,

Shouting at maids all day,

Claiming to be the best cooks,

At the most a fay or two

Without rice and fish!

Conservative to stick to own norms,

But not opposing to others’,

A culture so aged and diverse

And yet so unified and original!

A walk in the evening.

SUMANA SAHA

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The cultured celebrate her as the city of joy.

The evenings here, they say, bubble with life.

Yet I see no destination in the eyes of the men about.

Am I the much hated cynic blind to the value of the animated bursts of infinite passion,

Manifested in a sea of humanity?

Or are these faces without features a mere product of my imagination,

Rather the lack of it? I see faces, lifeless and dumb,

Celebrating a party that was long over.

I see evening shops and offices shuttering down,

Fire used to seek blessings and protection.

Is there anything left to be protected?

Can anything be protected?

Cars honk, autos abuse, buses screech;

Men are silent…and safe. Time creeps….

Isn’t it right?

SUMANA SAHA

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Isn’t it right that every child should have a bed
To have a roof over their head?
Isn’t it right that every child
Should be shown affection,
Be safe, secure, and have protection?
Isn’t it right?

We all have a right to an education,
Seek help, receive the right medication.
Everyone has the right to a good nutrition,
Not malnutrition.
We are equal!

We all have the right
To enjoy school,
Be treated kindly, not like a fool.
We should all speak our minds.
Our rights should not be declined.
We are equal.

We all have the right
To follow our dreams.
Isn’t it right we shouldn’t judge in looks,
Comparing ourselves to models in magazines and books?
Isn’t it right?

Express yourself,
Don’t be afraid to stand up.
Be you.
We are equal.

Suicide is a major problem
Among teens.
We don’t let them blossom
Into individual human beings.

Be yourself,
Don’t be scared.
We are not always here to be compared.
We are equal!

There is no one like us on the earth.
We are special.
Everyone is valued the same amount of worth.
We are all on the same level.
We are equal!
Isn’t that right?