Working for a Firm called Coffinmew, how could I fail to comment on the news that in South Korea, corporates are now training their staff to manage stress and depression by making them lie in their own coffins! Wellbeing sessions are the new corporate flavour of the month when it comes to investing in your staff, and that coupled with resilience training represent the enormous pressure staff can feel they are under, day to day. I am not sure that envisaging your own funeral is the best way of relieving that pressure!
South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and workers often report feeling stressed. So in order to make people appreciate life, some companies are making employees take part in their own pretend funerals. In a large room in a nondescript modern office block in Seoul, staff from a recruitment company are staging their own funerals. Dressed in white robes, they sit at desks and write final letters to their loved ones. Tearful sniffling becomes open weeping, barely stifled by the copious use of tissues. And then, the climax: they rise and stand over the wooden coffins laid out beside them. They pause, get in and lie down. They each hug a picture of themselves, draped in black ribbon.