Trend Micro, a web security and antivirus company, recently released the results of a survey it conducted which showed that a vast majority of small and medium-sized-business owners and managers are worried and stressed about their work.
Trend Micro, along with YouGov, surveyed surveyed a group of 519 small-business people and discovered that 80% of them worry or stress about work.
Technology that’s based around the office was developed to make business operations a little easier but, according to the survey, it is in fact contributing to stress at the workplace. Twenty-two per cent of respondents said they swear at technology when it does not work while seven per cent have even admitted to kicking their machines. Employees do no better with 65 per cent saying that their staff complain about them when something does not work. Thirty percent of staff will attempt to fix the problem and 11 per cent of staff members actually do nothing and just learn to live with the problem.
Also a major concern for small business owners is the lack of available resources that they can tap, with 57 per cent saying this is a major worry.
But despite these work related anxieties these small business owners are not turning to professionals for help and solutions but instead to their spouses. About 48 per cent of respondents said they rely on the advice of their husband, wife or partner. About two per cent said they turn to higher-ups in the company, another two per cent ask their accountant for advice and 15 per cent actually keep their worries bottled up. Not a single respondent said that they had confided to a bank manager.
Company formation and business solutions experts are suggesting that one way to combat these work-related anxieties is to put in place technology that actually works. Another suggestion is to contact professionals who can do the job of maintenance for the company.