As summer kicks in, small business owners may be morphing into work-during-vacation participants in day-to-day management.
While summer may be the time for vacations many small business owners feel they can't afford to be away from the office for too long.
To satisfy the need for vacations and to insure continued hands-on participation in day-to-day activities, many plan to work remotely.
In fact, according to a survey of 500 US small business owners from Cisco WebEx, many plan to work remotely, on average, 18 days this summer.
Some will be staying in touch from beaches and National Parks for even longer. Fifteen percent of those surveyed intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Almost half of small business owners plan to work remotely for at least two weeks before the summer is out, the survey showed.
"The results demonstrate the extent to which telephone and video conferencing have become ingrained in the work habits of small business owners, since nearly half of the survey respondents say traditional, in-person meetings are becoming less relevant," said Glenn Bray, senior director, Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group, Cisco. "It’s clear small business owners need to stay “connected” to the office , even during the summer vacation season, and so we've given them the tools to not only meet, but also easily and efficiently manage content relevant for those meetings wherever they happen to be."
Summer or not, nearly one-fourth (23 percent) of the respondents said their companies rely on telecommuting, and more than one in 10 (13 percent) reimburse employees when they buy laptops, mobile phones or tablets. It appears many respondents prefer working remotely to avoid hassles and inconveniences often associated with traditional office meetings. In addition, respondents claim their biggest pet peeves about in-person meetings are that they run longer than planned (29%), and are hard to organize because of conflicting schedules (25 percent).
The survey was conducted for Cisco by Wakefield Research between June 6 and June 14, involving the owners of businesses with 100 or fewer employees. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4%.
To kick off the summer, Cisco WebEx is sponsoring an online contest entitled “WebEx Mobile Fridays” which asks WebEx users to submit a photo and brief description of where they are and how they are using WebEx. Each week a winner will be selected randomly and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Participants can enter at http://csc0.ly/Summer2012.
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