Instead of having Christmas and Boxing Day off, One third of small business owners will be working, over the Christmas holidays, according to a poll of business owners on the FreeIndex business information website. The economic squeeze and inability to detach from work are amongst the main reasons.
‘The figures are worrying, indeed,’ said Martin Turner, managing director of FreeIndex. ‘Taking time off is vital to the well being of workers and business owners. They are risking a burnout by taking none.’
A number of different studies have confirmed that overworking poses short and long-term health risks on workers. One conducted by cancer Research UK has shown that approximately 40% of people are dissatisfied with their work-life balance.
‘Technology has made it easier for people to access work remotely from home or anywhere else, making it difficult to switch off completely. During their holidays, many find themselves unable to resist the temptation of answering their work mobile phone or reply to emails. ’