An HSBC manager has vowed to stop putting up with 's*** at work' after having a heart attack
- A HSBC IT manager has written about how having a heart attack has made him re-assess his work.
- He said he would spend more time with family and less on Zoom - and urged others to follow suit.
- Staff at other banks including Goldman Sachs have recently spoken out about burnout.
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An IT program manager at banking giant HSBC has said he'll stop spending so many hours on Zoom after having a heart attack while working.
In a LinkedIn post that went viral, Jonathan Frostick, 45, described realizing that he was having a heart attack and thinking it wasn't "convenient" because he had a meeting the next day.
Sharing his "near death" experience led to an outpouring of responses from other workers, amid a wave of pandemic-fueled burnouts reported in the financial-services sector.
While in hospital recovering, Frostick said he made a series of decisions to establish a better work-life balance and spend more time with his family. These include "not spending all day on Zoom anymore" and making every day at work count for something.
"I've learned this week I need to rest more, it's invaluable to my cognitive processes," he posted.
In comments on his viral post written after his heart attack on April 11, he wrote: "Toxic environments aren't worth your health."
Frostick's post had more than 220,000 reactions. Many said that it prompted them to reflect on their own working habits, and some also said that they had had similar experiences with heart-attacks or stress-induced illness.
Frostick's comments come amid concern about "burnout" culture during the pandemic, especially in the financial-services industry.In a survey released in March, Goldman Sachs junior staffers detailed what they called "inhumane" working conditions, including 98-hour working weeks, sleep deprivation, and declining mental and physical health.
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