Small Business Owners Too Busy To Take a Holiday

I reported earlier today on employees not taking enough vacations it stands to reason that this would be true for the employers too and I found this research.

A million small business owners are going to be working through the summer without a break. Nationwide 14% workers will skip taking a vacation but when it comes to small businesses the percentage goes up to 31%.

This number amounts to a third of small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses who will not take a summer break says the Alliance and Leicester Business Banking survey. And even for those who plan to get away from work for a holiday only 38% have a chance of taking a short break.

This may seem to denote that small business owners are dedicated and committed workers. However it is also important to note that taking a holiday is actually good for the business as the entrepreneurs get a well deserved break and return to work feeling motivated and refreshed.

Some of the reasons for not taking a break include the cost of the holiday and that of getting replacement temporary employees, and red tape.

“For some small business owners who wish to take a holiday the increased red tape can be an inhibiting factor,” says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In March of this year the British Chamber of Commerce had asked the government to take a softer view of the new employment rights and temping help.

The FSB says, overworked business owners may make the business inefficient and damage it.

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