Why do our employees kill themselves? -

After a year of denial France Télécom is starting to admit that its employees are dying to leave.

Last year questions were raised why quite so many France Télécom employees were trying to kill themselves. At the time the outfit said that it was a big company and its suicide rate was about the same as the national average.

Nothing to see here, move on please.

However as employees continued to top themselves at a rate only seen in a Japanese samurai movie, France Télécom has finally admitted that something is up.

A study commissioned by the company said that France Télécom's new management must move quickly "to take charge and encourage radical change" if it is to put an end to a suicide crisis.

According to the New York Times, more than 43 people exited the company via the roof, including eight this year. France Télécom said it had already stopped several practices identified as being particularly disruptive, like forcing employees to change jobs and closing work sites.

To be fair, the outfit has done its best to find out what is going on. The report has made 107 separate recommendations based on 500 face-to-face interviews with France Télécom employees.

Apparently everyone is fed up with reorganisations that go nowhere and just gut morale.

The outfit has agreed to closely monitor psychosocial risk factors and create an internal network of mediators to make the personnel department more accessible.

Jean-Bernard Orsoni, a France Télécom spokesman said the company was meeting with unions to discuss the recommendations.

France Télécom retains vestiges of the lumbering state monopoly it once was, including a work force similar to civil servants with lifetime job guarantees.