Work Yourself to Death? No Thanks!

By: Gerald Goh

Having a good work-life balance is a perennial bugbear for many working Singaporeans, so much so that the prospect of having to work more than eight hours on any given workday is enough fuel to set off a firestorm of griping.

Eat your hearts out, Singaporeans. The UK’s Daily Mail recently reported that a 21-year-old intern reportedly worked himself to death. And to add insult to injury, the poor intern was only looked for after he missed roll call and was subsequently found dead in the shower by his flatmate.

The intern, Moritz Erhardt, had allegedly been pulling three all-nighters while on a seven-week stint with US investment giant Merrill Lynch’s investment bank division. To top it off, other interns who had worked at investment banks revealed that Moritz’s working hours were not uncommon, citing the ‘Magic Roundabout’ – taking a taxi home at 7am having it wait for you to shower and change before heading back to the office.

Moritz’s death would have been tragic enough had he been a hot-shot investment banker with a storied record of overworking, but for an intern to push himself to a such an extent borders on sheer insanity – and for this practice to be commonplace, the greatest catastrophe of all.

To all Singaporean workers and interns out there: your jobs may be important, but it does not come at the expense of your health, and more importantly your life itself. There’s no point making a superhuman effort to reach the finish line only to collapse from exhaustion. At the end of the day, there are no posthumous awards in the working world.

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