Even bosses (and Beyoncé) are burnt out

A new Deloitte survey shows super achievers are at breaking point too.

You've probably heard Beyoncé has a new single out and it's a Great Resignation anthem. On 'Break Your Soul' the music legend sings: 

I just quit my job

I'm gonna find new drive, damn, they work me so damn hard

Work by nine, then off past five

And they work my nerves, that's why I cannot sleep at night

Apparently, she's not the only person at the pinnacle of her profession feeling the burn after 2 years of pandemic stresses and re-evaluations. A new survey from Deloitte and research group Workplace Intelligence asked C-suite executives about the state of their mental health. The results suggest it's not just pop stars who are rethinking the sustainability of their high-octane work style. 

Bosses aren't doing too well right now. 

The poll of 2,100 executives in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, which was taken in February but released this week, found 76 percent of bosses believe the pandemic has negatively affected their overall health. 81 percent said improving their own equilibrium is more important than advancing their career right now. 

Four out of five top executives may be willing to sacrifice some advancement to gain a little more well-being at the moment. But doing so won't be easy. Three quarters of bosses (74 percent) reported they're "facing obstacles when it comes to achieving their well-being goals--and these are largely tied to their job," according to Deloitte. 

But just because actually improving work-life balance feels challenging doesn't mean some executives aren't at least giving it a try, both for themselves and for their employees. 83 percent of respondents said they intend to expand their company's well-being benefits, while smaller percentages are trying concrete strategies to help employees find a better balance, including banning after-hours email (20 percent), making breaks mandatory (35 percent), or sending notes encouraging employees to take time off (35 percent). Just 29 percent are setting an example by taking time off themselves.

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