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.