Former Westpac CEO David Morgan talked with The Age about life as the head of the company. He said that even though company chief executives are "ridiculously overpaid", they feel so much pressure that some of them "literally weep" behind closed doors. This caused a huge wave of anger among Twitter users.

People went crazy when Twitter user Frankie Zelnick responded to The Age's tweet with "Raise your hand if you’ve “literally wept” from stress at a job that paid you less than 40 grand a year". There's a common misconception that a lower salary means lower stress levels and that is simply not true. From crying in the bathroom to anxiety attacks and serious health issues, the users shared many upsetting stories.

Scroll down and check out some of the most heartbreaking comments Bored Panda picked out from this thread. And if you ever experienced anything like this, remember that you can always share your experience in the comments below.

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Lunar Rat
Community Member
4 days ago

I work in the labs of a pharmaceutical company, overworked, overstressed, ever shorter deadlines, not enough staff etc, we had a rarely used lab that was known as the crying room when that converted to offices we were really worried about where we could go. Toilets were on another floor so if you had a sudden breakdown the whole building would see. It now takes support and coordination of colleagues to give you space in one of the other labs for a good cry.

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Quitting your job or getting fired might seem like putting yourself in an extremely difficult situation. However, you might be surprised to find out that feeling stressed at work might actually be worse than not having a job at all. A study by The University of Manchester found that people employed in low-paying or demanding jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed.

Over 1000 adults aged 35-75 were monitored during their unemployment in 2009-2010. Later on, researchers followed up with them "about their self-reported health and their levels of chronic stress as indicated by their hormones and other biomarkers related to stress". The results were clear, those participants who moved into poor quality work had higher levels of chronic stress than those who remained jobless.

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Elsie
Community Member
5 days ago

This is so true!! The people that are served could most likely not last long if they did the job Like be real.. how long could Jeff Bezos last working in a fulfillment center? I'm guessing not a shift

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As if there's not enough stress revolving around our jobs, the pandemic has put even more pressure on it. The American Psychological Association commissioned a survey to look at how workplaces are dealing with the pandemic, measure stress levels, and capture what workers are looking for from their employers as it relates to their mental health.

As it turns out, low salaries, long hours, heavy workloads, and unrealistic expectations are the most common reasons you might feel stressed at work. "When it comes to job level, lower-level employees are more likely to experience negative impacts of work-related stress," the report suggests. "And more than one in three front line workers (35%) have felt fed up at work quite frequently or more often in the past 30 days."

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DogMom
Community Member
5 days ago

This is heartbreaking

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Micah Patchen
Community Member
5 days ago

I hate most people too baby....but mostly cause people suck on a constant basis.

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There are certain things managers can do to create a healthy work environment and support employees’ mental health. Respondents offered suggestions like giving flexible hours, encouraging workers to take care of their health, and taking breaks during the workday.

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Paula Marowsky
Community Member
5 days ago

Heartwrenching

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Mark Kelly
Community Member
4 days ago

n we get more details like what kind of job tit was?

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rspanther
Community Member
5 days ago

Good for you. She deserved it.

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However, some people might feel so sick and tired of their situation that they see no other choice but to quit. According to the Guardian, teachers across the US are leaving their jobs in huge numbers due to exhaustion and low wages. Teaching during the pandemic and dealing with tightly packed and poorly ventilated classrooms leaves them stressed out.

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XLucy1217
Community Member
5 days ago

In 2009, the minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour. The average house cost in 2009 was about $200,000. the average gas price was $2.35/gallon. Presently, the average cost of a home is around $400,000. The average gas price is $3.398/gallon and the minimum wage is STILL $7.25 AN HOUR!

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A B C
Community Member
5 days ago

Here we go with another reason why universal healthcare is direly needed. But heck, USA, you do you, we just watch and shake our heads.

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Monty Glue
Community Member
5 days ago

I worked at a high school and in 7 years were had two teachers commit suicide.

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Steven Singer, a middle school teacher from Pennsylvania, said that "the stress of the pandemic is taking a toll on me and all of us. We’re just at a breaking point. This crisis for teachers didn’t start with Covid. We have low pay, low respect, low autonomy, and no one listens to us. Now we’re being forced to risk our lives and our health."

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Paula Marowsky
Community Member
5 days ago

OMG. Big panda huggs for you.

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River Daski
Community Member
4 days ago

those people are the absolute worst. they dont deserve the poor animals they're neglecting.

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KatHat
Community Member
5 days ago

This sort of approach make literally NO sense and yet it's so common. Unless an incumbent is bad at their job - in which case take steps to rectify or let them go - then paying them more is a massive investment. You get less turnover, spend less time hiring and training, and generally it's better for the company. I don't understand not doing this.

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Cathy Bullington, an elementary school art teacher, is thinking of retiring early because she feels left out of the decision-making process. “Teaching during the pandemic has been the most difficult thing I have had to do in my 30-year teaching career. Nothing prepares you for this. We had no plan for this and now the plan keeps changing,” she said.

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Felix Feline
Community Member
5 days ago

That's how Amazon and Walmart do things. Many of their employees are on welfare and other social programs.

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Barb Emanuele
Community Member
3 days ago

Every day. I feel like there's nobody who feels like the same but I guess I was wrong. I entered this profession 18 years ago to try to make a difference in people's lives and I come home covered in sweat and s**t

No one should be asked to pay this kind of price. Even if some level of stress could be considered beneficial and motivating, most of the time, it becomes overwhelming and can have a huge impact on a person’s mental health. It's important to recognize the signs and take slow steps towards managing this pressure.

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Tee Witt
Community Member
4 days ago

But many today blame the present situation on you, a "boomer", I blame the peope who make the laws

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Hans
Community Member
5 days ago

This sounds as if some level of salary would compensate for a job that leads to panic attacks. I would argue that is not the case.

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2x4b523p
Community Member
5 days ago

My mom is a teacher. When she started 40 years ago the class was calm and quiet, if a kid occasionally misbehaved they got a note to be signed by parents who would punish the kid. The biggest scandal ever was a kid caught smoking behind the bins. Today the class is like a herd of wild animals who can't keep quiet for 5 seconds. Kids get bullied for not having the latest iphone or sneakers. 12 year old stabbed his classmate during class. Sending a kid home with a note means his parents will come next day to scream at the teacher swearing their Kayden couldn't have done wrong. Hats off to anyone willing to teach these days.

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Monty Glue
Community Member
5 days ago

The teachers lounge where I worked was so choked with smoke you couldn't see the other side of the room. And they kept the lights off so it was very dark in there too. The teachers fled and hid there every free moment they got.

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My Name Is Mars
Community Member
3 days ago

I used to be a lab tech in a major trauma hospital. A two year degree was required. When I got hired, I was told it would be M-F with one Saturday a month. I was also told major holidays would be off, with pay. The reality of it was working six days a week, every week, no holidays off. For six years I worked in a windowless basement laboratory, six days a week, arriving in the lab when it was dark outside and leaving when it was dark outside, driving 1.5 hours each way to and from, never having Christmas or any other US holidays off (such as Thanksgiving, 4th of July, etc), missing everything my then-young son was doing in school, never taking a single vacation in that time. When I contracted swine flu from work during the outbreak and was subsequently hospitalized with pneumonia as a complication, I was written up upon my return for missing 10 days of work...because I was in the hospital on a respirator. The lab directors had the audacity to wonder why the turnover rate was so high.

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BlahBlahBlackSheepah
Community Member
5 days ago

Ugh bumping down a nasty comment.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
4 days ago

oooo yeah, that's the worst.

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Pheebs
Community Member
5 days ago

Had to deal with a racist security guard at one job who hated people of Latino decent. Apparently because I have olive toned skin (Mediterranean descent), can speak some Spanish (thank you school languages classes), and once lived in New York I MUST have been from Spanish Harlem and therefore hated. First off, NY is big damn state and I was from somewhere way tf away from the city. Second, we were living in Florida at the time which has an extremely high population of Latinos. He thankfully got over after that particular facet of his personality was found out. Never understood hating people based on racial grouping. Guess it’s good he never found out I was attempting to learn Korean, German, Italian, and Arabic (fairly unsuccessfully ☹️).

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Veronica Connelly
Community Member
2 days ago (edited)

My mom is a teacher's assistant in the San Francisco Bay Area in California aka one of the most expensive places to live in the USA and she barely clears 1500 a month after taxes and she has been doing it for 20 years!

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
5 days ago

If you think about $20 and what that can get you, then think of time, about 2 hours, and ask yourself if 2 hours of the work you do is worth $20, you'll get the perspective that we're all working for nuts.

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Tee Witt
Community Member
4 days ago

In the UK that is why there is a huge turnover in teaching, the Government does not try to understand

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Sam rice
Community Member
4 days ago

Worked at a U-Haul traffic dept call center I cannot count on 2 hands the amount of times I was yelled at, cussed out, or had my life threatened because someone kept the trunk over their scheduled time or a reserved truck was put of commission because the catalytic converter was stolen off of it.

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Tee Witt
Community Member
4 days ago

Hope you are out of this now.

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Travis Peckham
Community Member
3 days ago

Reading all these stories reminded me of the time I got a disciplinary hearing due to missing work. my father in law was in a coma after a heart attack and I was responsible for making his health decisions. oh yeah his heart attack happened cause he was overworked at a kitchen that payed him minimal wage and also took money out of his paycheck for eating there weather he did or not. One of those we will give you one meal on the clock things. Anyways I was made to feel guilty that my coworker had to miss his grandchilds school play. Like sorry he missed that but you're trying to guilt me over a life and death situation that was in my hands. I worked 12 hour shifts 7 days a week had one day off a month from this job. I was eventually injured from overworking at this job now I have lost alot of the ability of the use of my primary arm but that's my fault somehow. I guess it's my fault for not leaving sooner.

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