How working from home hurts the rich
While the lockdown has punished the sanity of many, few have stopped to think about their bosses. But experts and research are now showing how working from home has taken its toll on business leaders, celebrities and the wealthy. And it will only get worse.
“We’ve had people who came to us who started drinking socially, then ended up with a bottle of vodka a day,” says Marta Ra, CEO of Paracelsus Recovery.
Alcoholism is just one of the effects of the foreclosure on its clients, including some of the world’s richest business leaders and celebrities. “When you are a CEO and you command around all your subordinates and you are now sitting at home?” Some people really struggle with this because their ego is not fed enough.
“They used to have a whole armada or group of people reporting to them. Now they’re home and need a diaper change.”
Worse yet, some executives have been so busy in their professional lives that they have ignored the problems in their home, until now: “Some of these CEOs have traveled the world and have been busy and now they are stuck in home with a spouse they don’t recognize or question who they married. Some people can’t cope with the situation, “says Ra.
Paracelsus Recovery saw a 400% increase in divorce-related referrals during foreclosure and a massive spike in referrals for people with depression, stress and anxiety.
Leon Taylor, an executive coach for the wealthy, has data on the stress levels of these executives. Each of her clients wears an “ECG-type device,” an EKG machine that monitors heart rate and electrical activity.
His clients’ stress levels are on the rise although it has been a different type of stress, he says: “When someone comes home from work, no matter how long and stressful it has been, there is an element of stress. “Ah, I’m home. Now I am relaxing.
“So what I see is now that they’ve been home all day and it’s more constant stress all day and there is no evening dip in the bathroom. relaxation.”
Natalia Ramsden, founder of SOFOS Associates, provides a scientific explanation: “We tend to see a lot of executives who have over-stimulation in the frontal lobe, which is people who are turned on all the time. Their brains are constantly pulling. great for a while, but what they need to be able to maintain is to have the downtime and the rest period and to have that recovery. “
Zoom has a lot to answer for Ramsden said. Adjusting to downtime when working from home is hard enough, but with online meetings it’s nearly impossible. “People take conference calls in their rooms and it disrupts sleep patterns.”
Even spending the day attending meetings online is worse than physical meetings because people don’t wander between meeting rooms, says Taylor: “They get pretty sedentary if they haven’t taken care to develop. their movement patterns.
“They are tired of staring at the screen all day.”
With Boris Johnson following other European leaders in “again asking office workers to work from home if they can”, and the big banks, including JPMorgan
“What does this mean for productivity? What does it mean for learning? What does it mean for the graduates entering the company now?” Ramsden asks.
“If homeworking continues for a substantial period of time, we would expect to see some pretty damaging effects. We would expect to see the consequences on their cognitive faculties, how sharp they feel, their attention, their focus because they don’t. I didn’t have the rich environment that is so precious to their brain. “
Down And Out in Zurich
So what happens when the stress gets too much, alcohol or drugs are addictive in their own right, or the monotony of the overwhelming house? For the truly exhausted executive, Paracelsus Recovery Centers in Zurich and London offer four-week recovery programs. They only treat one client at a time, which means having up to 15 staff at your disposal, including a nutritionist, psychologist, trainer, yoga teacher, and acupuncturist.
The type of treatment depends on the underlying problem. Alcoholism, depression and drug addiction are common problems among the wealthy. Narcissism too.
“There is no 100% cure for narcissism,” says Ra. “But things like narcissism have their way into childhood where certain traumatic events have occurred and people carry them into adulthood.”
Narcissism is compounded by a global pandemic. Ra finds himself reassuring her clients that “they’re not worthless just because they’re stuck at home, or worthless just because their business has lost a third of its value, or worthless because that they can’t go and do concerts, or worthless because they can’t go and shoot three movies a year. “
The lockdown hasn’t been all bad for business leaders, celebrities and the wealthy. Some use time to get ahead of their rivals.
“Executives are under a higher level of stress now. But I think they can use this time to focus on their performance from a health perspective, so thinking about my brain conditions and my health. Almost calm before the storm, ”says Ramsden.
SOFOS Associates uses a variety of technologies to understand a person’s neurotransmitter levels, nutrient levels, hormone levels, and other parameters. A 12-month “neuro-improvement plan”, combining sleep hygiene, diet, exercise and nootropics, is then developed to help improve brain capacity.
“People are looking ahead and wondering, ‘Business things are about to get very, very complicated, so how can I prepare myself to be in the best possible scenario and in the best conditions when the world opens? “”
Not being on a constant business trip around the world has created the time and space many need to think about their health, Taylor says. “This can be a chance to say, ‘Well, okay now that I’ve slowed down enough I can now notice things a little more and I’m going to take this opportunity to do something about it.’”
For Taylor, there is a question he asks all of his clients: “When we come out of this period of restrictions, what do you want to take with you?”