More than half (53%) of UK small business owners will be working on Christmas Day, while some three quarters will be on duty in some capacity over the festive period.
According to research by Vistaprint, only 12% will switch off for the whole of the Christmas period.
While two-thirds of those in on Christmas Day expect to work more than six hours, 18% anticipate working more than ten hours. One in five owners will be keeping an eye on e-mails, while 15% will be working a normal day and 17% catching up on paperwork.
Even among those who take a break on Christmas Day, nearly two-thirds will be back at work on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Simon Braier, director of customer strategy at Vistaprint, who commissioned the research, 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.”