Review: Today Aimee Shaw reports in the NZ Herald that small business owners can be lonely, according to Craig Garner – the new chief executive of Business Mentors New Zealand. According to their research, the top problem for 80% of small businesses is isolation. Many small businesses in New Zealand are owner operator, with no staff. There are no colleagues to bounce ideas off.
According to the Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson: “Connecting is particularly important for the wellbeing of small business owners who may feel isolated and lonely. High or long term stress, isolation and loneliness will undoubtedly have negative impacts on mental wellbeing which may manifest as things like burnout, anxiety and depression.”
Feature photo: Business Mentors New Zealand works with some owners who are suicidal. Getty Images.