SMEs could use a helping hand over Christmas, study suggests

A new study suggests that many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could do with a helping hand over the Christmas period.

New research carried out by printing company Vistaprint suggests that more than three quarters of UK SME owners and decision-makers will be working over the majority of the Christmas period – while more than half intend to spend time in the office on Christmas day.

The survey found that only 12 per cent of respondents felt that they would be able to ‘switch off’ over the Christmas period, with two thirds suspecting they would work for at least six hours on Christmas day and 18 per cent expecting to work for more than 10 hours.

17 per cent of SME decision-makers quizzed said that they would be ‘doing paperwork’, while 15 per cent said they would treat Christmas as if it were ‘a normal working day’.

A further one in five respondents said that they would be regularly checking their work emails over the entire Christmas period.

Simon Braier, Director of Customer Strategy at Vistaprint, said: “Small business owners put their hearts and souls into their businesses and naturally at key times of the year this pressure increases. But Christmas is also an important time for family, and we’d like to encourage small business owners whenever possible to take a well-deserved rest during this period.

“Returning to their business after spending some quality time with their family can help business owners bring fresh ideas and a renewed sense of drive to their work, ensuring a strong start to the New Year.”

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