By Chad Otar
As the news has constantly reminded us over the last two years, COVID has had a severe effect on many small businesses, driving a large number of them to close. But only recently has come word of how the virus has affected small business owners. According to a survey by Capital One Business, small business owners across the country are experiencing a damaging effect on their psychological well-being and capacity to preserve work/ life balance as a consequence of handling pandemic-related interruptions for over two years.
The World Health Organization defines burnout as "chronic stress that is not properly handled." Burnout can trigger a disaster in any company, especially if owners are unable to seek assistance. As per the Small Business Administration, 81 percent of small businesses, or 25.7 million people, have no staff.
Following are further findings in the Capital One Business survey, which provide a sense of how small businesses are still infected by the virus.
The Capital One Business survey was carried out among small business owners in the United States. Small firms are those with yearly revenues of less than $20 million. The poll gathered feedback from 1,000 company owners. Morning Consult polled an internet panel from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 2021. For company owners, the accuracy margin is +/-3 percent.
Many small company owners, on the other hand, are nothing if not hopeful. Based on the poll, more than half (52 percent) of company owners anticipate their work/life balance to improve within the next six months, and 63 percent expect economic conditions to improve in their region in 2022.
Given the importance of small enterprises in the U.S. economy, a lot depends on their owners' capacity to recover from COVID's impact on their well-being. As per the Small Business Administration, the United States has 31.7 million small businesses. Well over 80 percent, or 25.7 million, have no workers;19 percent, or 6 million, have paid staff.
Because small business owners are generally deeply dedicated to and enthusiastic about their occupation, burnout can develop without them realizing it. But how can someone know if they are burning out?
To answer this, search for tiny signals like negative thoughts such as, I'm feeling overwhelmed with all my emails. However, a dead giveaway of burnout is avoidance cues. They include statements such as, I wish I could stay asleep till noon today. A furious outburst against a loved one is the most evident sign. That is a clear indication that there is something else upsetting you.
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