Small Business Owners Obtaining Better Work-Life Balance: Report
While small business owners may be working harder than ever, a survey suggests mobile technology is helping them balance their lives.Mobile technology is advancing the cause of mixing business and pleasure, or at least providing small business owners with the opportunity, according to the fifth Annual National Staples Small Business Survey. The online survey found 60 percent of small business owners admit to spending more time holding their mobile devices than the hand of their significant others. While this new "phonemance" phenomenon, as Staples terms it, would seemingly have the potential to overtake family time, the survey indicated the increasing popularity of virtual offices illustrates how technology is enabling small business owners to achieve both increased productivity and a better work-life balance. The Internet poll explored the use of technology and social media, and its positive and negative effects on productivity and work-life balance. The results found that the unpredictable economy, continued downsizing and increased responsibilities have pressured U.S. small business owners to mix business with pleasure: 43 percent of small business owners reveal working during hours spent with family, and 68 percent who own a mobile device rely on just one for both personal and business use making it difficult to "switch off" during family time.
Seth Meyers, a licensed clinical psychologist, relationship expert and author, said this increased dependency on technology also comes with benefits as it allows small business owners the ability to bring their office anywhere, from home to the Little League field. The virtual office now allows them to stay plugged in providing many small business owners the flexibility they haven't achieved in the past.