"Apple employee is found dead in a conference room next to a gun after committing suicide at company's headquarters." - Daily Mail, April 27, 2016. Here is the article.
Few details are known. But some have started to connect the dots. Yesterday, Apple released disappointing Q1 financials. Worse, there seemed to be nothing hot enough in the pipeline to replace the smartphone. Phone sales seemed to have already peaked.
It is impossible to understand the mind of that dead Apple employee. Did he feel responsible for the lackluster performance? Did he sense his position was going to be cut?
Also, some speculate that suicide, if that is what it was, represents a form of homicide. The employee chose to end it at the workplace. That setting was not accidental. Recall in "Mad Men," the fired Lane Pryce hung himself in the office. Not at home. Not from a tree in the woods.
Clearly, it's not only those in law who so identify with their jobs that they turn to suicide when their professional reputation and/or actual job is threatened or gone. Often it seems that lawyers who take their own lives assess their own recent performance and success in the business as subpar. It was amazing that on "The Good Wife," partner Will Gardner didn't check out when his borrowing of client funds back in Baltimore had been discovered.
In general, the suicide rate increased significantly between 1999 and 2014. That happened in all age categories except those over 75. It is interesting to observe that in the latter most have already retired from the workplace.
It could be a life-saving measure to frame professional life as a means to making a living. Not an end in itself.