Even the Bosses (and Beyoncé) Are Burnt

If you’ve spent any time online this week, you’ve probably heard that Beyoncé has a new solo song and it’s a great resignation anthem. Feather ‘break your soul‘ The music legend sings:

i just quit my job

I’m getting new drives, hey they make me work so hard!

work till nine o’clock, then work from five o’clock

And they work on my nerves, so I can’t sleep at night

Beyoncé urged fans, “Quit the anger, leave the mind, quit the job, leave the time, quit the business, release the stress, leave the love, forget the rest.”

Clearly, she’s not the only one feeling jealous after two years of pandemic stress and reenactment at the pinnacle of her profession. A new survey by Deloitte and the research group Workplace Intelligence asked C-suite executives about their mental health status. The results suggest that it’s not just pop stars who are rethinking the sustainability of their high-octane work style.

Boss isn’t doing very well right now.

A survey of 2,100 officials in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, taken in February but released this week, found 76 per cent of owners believe the pandemic has negatively affected their overall health . 81 percent said that improving their own balance is more important than advancing their careers.

Four out of five top executives may be willing to sacrifice some advancement in order to achieve a little more well-being at the moment. But doing so will not be easy. Three-quarters of owners (74 percent) reported that they “face barriers to achieving their wellness goals – and these are largely related to their jobs,” according to deloitte,

But just because actually improving work-life balance seems challenging doesn’t mean that some executives aren’t at least trying it for themselves and their employees. 83 percent of respondents said they intend to expand their company’s welfare benefits, while a smaller percentage are trying concrete strategies to help employees find a better balance, including banning after-hours email (20 per cent), including making brakes mandatory (35 per cent). Or sending notes encouraging employees to take time off (35 percent). Only 29 per cent are setting an example by taking time out from themselves.

Dan Schabel, founder of Workplace Intelligence, was not very impressed with these initiatives when he Spoke to Axios about research, “What we found was the majority [of C-suite executives] Want to do something about it, but they haven’t done anything about it yet. So it’s been more talk and less action,” he told the site.

Employees seem to agree with his assessment. While 91 percent of bosses told Deloitte they see themselves as care leaders, only 56 percent of employees agreed that higher-ups care about their well-being.

What should entrepreneurs do with all this?

Here’s the most basic way for entrepreneurs and startup executives who are on the edge of exhaustion not to feel alone. If even the wildly ambitious figure of hustle culture like Beyoncé is looking to take a step back and reevaluate, you’re certainly not soft or awkward for thinking the same thing. Maybe it’s time to move from complaining to polluters to actually making some changes.

as quartz Annalisa Merelli put it memorably “Doing it on your own terms, and without stress, it’s all new,” in her perceptive closer reading of Beyoncé’s new song (the title of which inspired the title of this excerpt).

Meanwhile, Thrive founder Arianna Huffington, who Deloitte report highlights on LinkedInoffers a more convincing takeaway: Put on your own oxygen mask first.

“Our ability to read how others are doing and our ability to empathize is less available to us when we are stressed, exhausted, and operating in stress-or-flight mode. Conclusion First the knowledge of securing our own oxygen masks When we prioritize our own well-being, we are more effective at helping others do the same,” she writes.

So let Beyoncé’s anthem and Deloitte report serve as a permission slip for all you hard-charging entrepreneurs who thought you had to toughen your way through impending burnout. It’s okay to take a step back and reevaluate your approach to work. Not only will it make you more effective (and happier) in the long run. It will also help you combat the tidal wave of employee burnout that is driving sky-high leave rates.

Want to read (or listen) more? here is full report And here, for your listening pleasure, is the new Beyoncé song:

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