holidays

Three Quarters of Small Business Owners Will Work through Christmas

One in five small and mid-sized business entrepreneurs will have no break during the holidays Research has revealed the majority (76%) of small business owners resolve to work throughout the holidays with 17% planning to take no time off at all. The findings, which come from a survey of 500 small and mid-sized firms, found that over half of the respondents plan to work at least three hours a day with 15% stating they will work more than half a day. Younger business owners seem better at balancing work and home life, with just 17% feeling they need to improve it compared to 42% of business owners aged 55 and over. The disparity between older and younger generation business owners appears to be primarily due to a focus on bottom lines, as 71% of older business owners believe it will directly... »

One third of Small-business Owners to work at Christmas

More than a third of small-business owners are planning to work on Christmas Day or Boxing Day this year, research from business information site Freeindex has revealed. In a recent poll by Freeindex, 37% of small-business owners said they will need to carry out some work over the two bank holidays. Freeindex managing director, Martin Turner, said that many small-business owners find it difficult to switch off. “A lot of them are feeling the squeeze this year and are working around the clock to keep their heads above water. Unfortunately, this often means putting in extra hours during the holiday season.” “As an aside to work pressures, the ease with which remote working allows us to access the office from home means the temptation to answer work phone calls or emails dur... »

Business Owners Taking Less Time off this Year

Almost a third of small business owners are taking less holiday this year than in previous years, according to new research from business price comparison service Make It Cheaper. The poll of 1,000 businesses found that 29% had cut down on their holiday time in 2010, with many citing financial worries and staffing problems. More than a third (35%) admitted they were anxious about finding reliable staff to cover for them, while one in five said that even when on holiday they were unable to switch off. Many small business owners appeared to recognise the health risks of not taking time off work – nearly two-thirds (59%) said they feared exhaustion and burn out from the long hours they spent running their business. Tatiana Quadrello, senior researcher at the Work Foundation, said there ... »