A recent survey indicates that mobile technology has played a large role in reshaping the work-life balancing act performed by the average American small businessman, leading him to be more inclined to mix business with domestic pleasure.
Mobile technology has transformed the nine-to-five workday for small business owners, and has allowed them to conduct personal matters while working and deal with business-related concerns while relaxing with the family, according to an online survey conducted by office supply company Staples. A full 43 percent of respondents said that they spent family time dealing with business matters using mobile technology, and 68 percent said that they use the same mobile phone for both work and personal use, further leading to a blending of these spheres, Business News Daily reports.
While answering business calls and replying to work emails during family time may be expected to create domestic tensions, the survey found that the significant others of the small business owner respondents did not find the trend to be a problem. Approximately 40 percent did not find this new work-life balance to present a problem to the businessman's family life.
The small business owners themselves also found that the mobile technology was beneficial in allowing them to better enjoy their family time - 56 percent of owners found that always being "plugged in" allowed them to spend less time in the office, and 52 percent of respondents claim they feel more comfortable taking a vacation because they can stay connected to their work through mobile technology, eWeek.com reports.
The survey also found that small business owners' growing attachment to their mobile phones has not diminished their desire to spend quality time with their families. When asked if they'd prefer to go a day without their phones or a week without their significant others, 63 percent said they'd miss their significant other more.