55 per cent of Australian small business owners or operators will work during the Christmas-New Year holiday break with 36 per cent of them taking no time off whatsoever, according to a research conducted by Telstra.
The Telstra SMB survey was carried out by StollzNow Research and included owners of 321 businesses from self-employed to 200 staff.
The survey also found that economic conditions will force 29 per cent of this group to stay at work and taking no holiday or interrupted holiday is a growing trend – with 53 per cent of SMB owners working over the break last year.
95 per cent of the group admitted to working most days in 2010.
“Small business is more mobile than ever and it reflects the commitment to keeping things running that’s part and parcel of being a small business in relatively tough times,” Telstra Business Group managing director, Will Irving, said.
According to him, the study into holiday working patterns drew a strong correlation to SMBs’ business outlook.
While five per cent say they are highly optimistic about their future in the current climate, 49 per cent of them expect to work more hours in response – and only 35 per cent rated the economy as being “good” or “very good”.