The real canary in the coal mine was intended to signal the presence of methane and/or carbon dioxide gas. Canaries were a sensitive indicator to gas build up and as long as it kept singing the miners could keep working. As soon as it stopped the miners knew to get out before something worse happened. Is disenchantment with work signalling that the canary has stopped singing?
It seems that the France Telecom story can be seen in a much broader context and the article linked in The Economist reiterates some of the points I was making in the previous post. A couple of key points:
Companies need to do more than pay lip service to the human side of management
The solution to the problem, in so far as there is one, lies in the hands of managers and workers rather than governments
I hope you find it interesting.