WEB DESK: To combat the high suicide rates in South Korea, workplaces are encouraging employees to re-enact their own funerals. They believe this move will help them appreciate what life has to offer, the BBC reported.
Employees complain of being over-stressed and feeling alienated at work.
Dressed in white robes, in a large office at Seoul, South Korea’s capital, employees right final letters to their loved ones, amid sniffles, tears and snobs.
Then they get up and lie inside wooden coffins, as the boxes are banged shut.
Before people are put in the coffins, they are shown videos of cancer patients, people living in poverty– and still making the most of their lives.
The ritual serves as bonding exercise.
The participants at this session were sent by their employer, human resources firm Staffs. “Our company has always encouraged employees to change their old ways of thinking, but it was hard to bring about any real difference,” says its president, Park Chun-woong. “I thought going inside a coffin would be such a shocking experience it would completely reset their minds for a completely fresh start in their attitudes.”
“After the coffin experience, I realised I should try to live a new style of life,” says Cho Yong-tae as he emerges from the casket. “I’ve realised I’ve made lots of mistakes. I hope to be more passionate in all the work I do and spend more time with my family.”
Employees are encouraged to repeat this ritual every day before coming to work.
South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world– and most of it is related to stress. The government has been trying to counter– by different initiatives including allowing workers to take an hour long nap at work.