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Many workers increasingly are increasingly working weekends, putting in longer hours and taking fewer vacations. Depending on your perspective that can be good or bad news. The forces behind this change are a combination of a tough economy and mobile technology. A survey by Sage found that 42 percent of small business owners say that they are working longer hours and 40 percent say that they are taking significantly or somewhat less vacation time compared to five years ago.
Overall, small business owners are taking fewer vacations and spending way more time running their business, the survey found, with 42 percent of small business owners working more hours per week than they were five years ago, and 40 percent of respondents saying they take “significantly or somewhat less” vacation time than five years ago. On top of that, 72 percent said they work more weekends and longer days.
Connie Certusi, executive vice president and general manager, small business accounting solutions, Sage North America, said that this “indicates that owners have not only had to reinvent their business model during the past five years, but have also made significant personal sacrifices to keep their operations afloat.”
Armed with mobile devices, remote workers frequently perform business-related tasks like:
- 96 percent access emails
- 77 percent check contact information and their calendars
- 69 percent view or edit documents
- 64 percent send text messages
- 53 percent check banking information