It's Friday, so it's time for a little workforce development humor. A colleague recently forwarded me an article headlined Working With Idiots Can Kill You. Here's the lead:
Stress is one of the top causes of heart attacks -- and working with stupid people on a daily basis is one of the deadliest forms of stress, according to researchers at Sweden's Lindbergh University Medical Center.
The story goes on to explain
"You can cut back on smoking or improve your diet," Dr. Andersson says, "but most people have very poor coping skills when it comes to stupidity -- they feel there's nothing they can do about it, so they just internalize their frustration until they finally explode."
It seemed real enough. After all, Sartre told us long ago, "Hell is other people." But by the time they quoted this Dr. Andersson as saying, "Many of our subjects feel sorry for the drooling idiots they work with," I was laughing out loud.
It seems not everyone is in on the joke. This story has been doing the rounds via e-mail since 2002, when it first appeared in leading American news source Weekly World News and was widely circulated via Yahoo's entertainment news page. You can get the details from myth-buster extraordinaire Snopes.com.