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Helplines prosper as more workers feel the strain

Financial Times, 17th February 2014

Dr Mike Drayton, a business psychologist, says some of the stress is driven by employees’ inability to say “no”. “People at senior levels have very fuzzy boundaries between work and home life. Work life is more salient and encroaches on their personal life,” says Dr Drayton.

Increasing demands on senior executives may also encourage people to shun high-flying positions. Andrew Roscoe, partner at Egon Zehnder, the executive search company, said many internal candidates were not aspiring to more senior jobs because of the stress involved. “When we delve into it we find most people don’t want the combination of stress and strain and risk and reward that goes with senior jobs,” he said.

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