Reference : Risk of burnout in French entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis
Scientific journals : Article
Business & economic sciences : Strategy & innovation
Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Audit
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/50172
Risk of burnout in French entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis
English
Torrès, Olivier []
Benzari, Alexandre []
Fisch, Christian mailto []
Mukerjee, Jinia []
Swalhi, Abdelaziz []
Thurik, Roy []
2022
Small Business Economics
Springer
58
2
717-739
Yes
0921-898X
1573-0913
New-York
NY
[en] Small business owners ; entrepreneurs ; burnout ; COVID-19 pandemic ; France
[en] The COVID-19 crisis presents manifest threats for entrepreneurs since their business survival is often directly at stake given the alarming economic downturn. This existential threat, together with their crucial role in the economy, is the reason for the plethora of public financial support schemes being implemented throughout the entire world. However, support schemes for mental health are lacking. We aim to investigate, first, whether burnout levels have increased during the crisis and, second, whether burnout levels during the COVID-19 crisis depend on the threat of becoming ill, having to stay at home due to the lockdown, and/or having to file for bankruptcy due to the economic downturn. We do so using seven data sets of French entrepreneurs with a temporal comparison of averages and two data sets of French entrepreneurs with a cross-sectional analysis of individuals. Our findings show that indeed, the risks of burnout have increased during the pandemic and that the threat of bankruptcy is the dominant threat. As an increasing number of studies in the entrepreneurship literature indicate that entrepreneurs’ mental health influences their activities, as well as the growth and sustainability of their ventures, our study is important and timely in its contribution, as it takes a close look at the perception of burnout in general and more specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/50172
10.1007/s11187-021-00516-2

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