Title: No. 1 workers’ stress, stigma jeopardizing motivation
Source: The Japan Times Online
Author: AYAKO MIE
Date: Aug. 16, 2012
About 30 percent of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were suffering from the disorder called posttraumatic stress response when a survey was conducted in May and June 2011, according to a recently published study.
The doctors warn that the discrimination and lack of appreciation are harming the workers’ productivity. [Jun Shigemura, a lecturer at the National Defense Medical College who coauthored the report with three other experts] noted that many confessed they have almost zero work motivation.
“Such low motivation could result in slowing down the restoration process, which will take decades, and possibly trigger accidents,” he said.
Even though the experts said more help is needed, it’s hard to find local help because hospitals in nearby areas have been suffering from a shortage of doctors.
Published: August 15th, 2012 at 10:22 pm ET