In a rather disconcerting find, almost one in five small business managers read work-related e-mails and other documents in the bathroom, presumably at work. It's worse that almost 50% of them said they work while driving, but the bathroom? What could be that interesting? (This study follows another one that indicated more Americans are logging wirelessly into the Internet - from their bathrooms.) The newspaper I understand. The survey of 300 small business owners (with up to 20 employees) was sponsored by Staples and conducted by International Communications Research.Here are some other findings:
* One in five (21%) work while eating dinner at least 4–5 times per week;
* More than a third (37%) could not readily remember their last vacation. Of those who did vacation, nearly half admit to working during some portion of it.
* Additionally, the pervasiveness of mobile phones and hand-held e-mail devices has only contributed to these long hours at untraditional times.
* More than two-thirds (68%) work on days off, checking e-mail, voicemail or making work-related calls;
* Two-thirds (66%) work after hours and at night;
* Half (51%) work on holidays;
* And almost half (47%) work during what is supposed to be family time.
* Generally, surveyed leaders of younger companies and those with fewer employees expressed the most lopsided work-life balance, and the vast majority (92%) characterized their workload as about the same or heavier than from a year ago.