Despite improvements in the economy, three-quarters of small-business owners suffer from a work-related ailment, mostly stemming from stress, according to a new study from insurer Hiscox USA.
The poll, which surveyed over 1,000 businesses with up to 249 employees found that 25 percent felt stressed. Of contributing factors, 54 percent were worried about losing their business, 51 percent were stressed over losing clients and customers and 49 percent were worried about acquiring new business. In contrast, only 41 percent said they were concerned about their deteriorating health versus the concerns related to their businesses.
Of those with physical and mental symptoms, 33 percent reported fatigue, 32 percent had headaches, 30 percent suffered from back pain and 29 percent struggled with anxiety.