Corporate suicides in Switzerland highlight stress at the top
LONDON (REUTERS) - The suicide of two top executives in Switzerland has prompted calls for greater support for boardroom highfliers.
Heavy workloads, frenetic schedules and extensive overseas travel has obliterated the so-called "work-life balance" for many bosses and the financial crisis has piled on the pressure with job cuts, firesales and the scramble to survive.
"It has always been tough at the top and it has always been lonely at the top and certainly since the global financial crisis, it's got even lonelier and even tougher," said Executive Mentor David CM Carter, author of self-help book Breakthrough.
"That's why it's really important that those people at the top pay attention to the need for balance," he said, pointing to entrepreneurs such as Mr Richard Branson and Mr Bill Gates, who have teamed glittering careers with a successful family life.