Vacation season is over but for most small business owners, it never arrives. Daily operations simply take too much time and for those who do get away physically, most check in with the office on a regular basis.
Most owners who have fewer than six employees and have been in business less than 10 years do not take a vacation. Only 47 percent do, according to OnDeck, a tech-powered Main Street lender.
Company owners with six or more employees are more likely than their counterparts to find the time to get out of the office and get away. OnDeck found that 63 percent of those business owners take time off from work.
For those who do take a vacation, do they really get away? The findings revealed that 67 percent of small business owners on vacation check in with the office at least once a day and only 15 percent completely unplug.
In an industry comparison, 67 percent of doctors will get away but three-fourths will check in with work. Half of all restaurant owners surveyed step away from the business for some "me" time and slightly more than half, 55 percent, will check in with work. Service providers seem to be more flexible. Half get away for a vacation and about 30 percent check in with the office or directly with customers and clients.
Of those surveyed, 32 percent make vacation a high priority while 48 percent can't always make time.
The findings were published by OnDeck in its Pulse report.
Although fall is in full swing, small business owners who haven't gotten away should consider a scheduled break. If it seems impossible, evaluate reasons why like a lack of competent staff to take over temporarily. Consider training others to step in and guide operations. It could give them a sense of ownership and relieve a burden as the business owner.