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Small business managers and owners working 24/7

Date: 01/08/2007 | Category: Business | Author: developers

It should come as no surprise, if you are a small business owner or manager, that you put in more hours working than most regular 9 to 5 jobs.  In fact, its not uncommon to sacrifice family and leisure time to check emails, deal with client calls, etc.  A recent survey commissioned by Staples found this to be true as well.

A telephone poll of 300 leaders of companies with fewer than 20 employees, which is nearly 90% of all U.S. businesses, found that respondents are reporting long hours, diminished vacation and an ever-blurring line separating work from time-off.

The survey found that:

  • Nearly one in five managers admit to reading work-related e-mail and documents while in the bathroom and nearly half work while driving.
  • Nearly two-thirds of managers work well beyond a 40-hour week, and one in five work a double week, logging an extra 40 or more on-the-job hours.
  • One in five  work while eating dinner at least 4–5 times per week;
  • More than a third could not readily remember their last vacation. Of those who did vacation, nearly half admit to working during some portion of it.
  • More than two-thirds work on days off, checking e-mail, voicemail or making work-related calls.
  • Two-thirds work after hours and at night;
  • Half work on holidays;
  • And almost half work during what is supposed to be family time.

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