Survey Reveals Work Habits of Business Owners

Anyone who's ever been irritated by an erratic driver take heed - it could be a small business owner.

According to a new study, about half of U.S. small business managers admit to making business calls and checking e-mail while driving.

For most of the managers surveyed by International Communications Research at the request of office supply giant Staples, the standard 40-hour work week doesn't apply. Nearly two-thirds of the 300 small business owners and executives surveyed said they work well beyond 40 hours per week.

One in five, or 21 percent, work while eating dinner at least four to five times a week and 66 percent said they work after hours and at night. About 18 percent said they read work-related e-mail and documents while in the bathroom.

The companies surveyed had 20 employees or less -- that's a group that represents about 90 percent of all U.S. businesses.

Small Business managers - Do you conduct some of your business while driving?

By Sharon McLoone |  January 8, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
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Small business owners work on the weekends too. Yes, indeed we work all the time. However, we have the freedom of taking mini vacations when we want...but, the problem is alas we also work on our vacation.

Posted by: H. Chung | January 8, 2008 4:40 PM

Conduct a business call while driving? Not in the District! :) But occasionally in Northern Virginia. If it's more than a quick check-in, I park, because it's just safer. I am as guilty as anyone of taking business calls in all environments, but I draw the line at the bathroom! 18% do? That's wacky!

Posted by: Fletcher Prince | January 14, 2008 7:44 PM

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