In SA, some executives need sabbaticals or breaks by their late 30s and early 40s to cope, says Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, the CEO of the executive search firm Jack Hammer.

She says successful black women in particular have had to work harder all their lives to reach the top.

“They have basically been on a treadmill since university or before, needing to work that extra 25% or 40% harder than their peers to be noticed as a minority group.”

Chronic fatigue is increasingly the primary reason executives consider changing jobs, says Goodman-Bhyat. “The ongoing stress level which is part of their everyday life ultimately catches up with them.”

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