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Ink & Toner Management Causes Stress for Small Business Owners

A third of small business owners who classify printing as very important to their business have “high” or “very high” stress levels and those who spend more time managing ink and toner supplies are the most stressed, according to the Staples Ink & Toner “Know Your Type” survey.

More than 70 percent of these small business owners describe their workplace personality as a “hands-on doer,” meaning they prefer to dive in and tackle the work themselves, rather than spending time convincing others to take action.

“Small business owners tend to operate as CEOs – chiefs of everything,” said Alison Corcoran, Staples’ senior vice president, marketing, North American stores and online. “Their focus needs to be on increasing productivity and running a company as efficiently as possible, not worrying about their ink and toner.”

“Doing it all can mean losing it all,” said organizational psychologist Michael, "Dr. Woody," Woodward, PhD. “Being hands-on isn’t necessarily a good thing, particularly when it comes to growing a business. Knowing your workplace personality type can help you manage others more efficiently, so you can spend more time on CEO duties.”



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