Research commissioned by law firm Howard Kennedy has found that 69 percent of high earners have suffered significant relationship difficulties in their current or similar role.
This contrasts with the general population, of which just 20 percent has suffered from similar relationship issues as a result of work.
The survey, which was designed alongside relationship educators Soulmates Academy and think tanks Marriage Foundation and Relationships Foundation, profiled just under 500 high earners, 65 percent of whom held a senior management position or owned a company.
For these high-earners, there is a direct correlation between managing the work / life balance and strained relationships, with 38 percent attributing work pressure as the most significant reason for past relationship issues; 50 percent think the stressful nature of their jobs affected their relationship, 46 percent attribute it to long working hours and 38 percent thought it was caused by spending time away from home.
Relationship issues can negatively impact work, too. Of the respondents, 71 percent believe personal relationship issues had a major impact on their performance.
This manifests itself in a number of ways; most notably 62 percent admitted it meant they were more distracted and less productive at work and 12 percent missed deadlines and targets. For some it had a substantial impact on their careers, 14 percent admitted to needing to take time off, whilst 6 percent felt they had lost out on p...