You may recognize those lyrics from the famous Queen and David Bowie song called Under Pressure. No doubt, this song calls to mind the realization of stress and fear in life. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection and more are landing people every day in depressive mindsets. But what many people fail to realize is that this depth of pressure stretches across social class, up to the most distinguished leaders of organizations. And the pressure is so high, it can be life threatening.
Corporate Suicide A Real Threat in High-Stakes Environment, published by the Huffington Post, reported the recent suicide of two top executives in Switzerland. These men aren’t the first to end their lives as a result of cracking under deadly stress. The Most High Profile Executive Suicides of Recent Years, published by Business Insider, lists several executives who took their lives in recent times.
Studies show that job related stress has been on the rise. A chart published by The American Institute of Stress clearly depicts the leading causes of job stress, which correlates strikingly well with our perceived leading causes of Executive suicides. We’ve set out to prove some of these correlations below.