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6/6/2014 - Most business executives work the weekends


More than 6 in 10 business executives recently indicated that they work on the weekends, whether at their workplace or home.

While Saturday and Sunday are traditionally viewed as "off days" for most people in the U.S., a substantial number of entrepreneurs say that they clock in at the office on non-business days regularly, according to the results of a new poll.

More than 6 in 10 business executives recently indicated that they work on the weekends, whether at their workplace or home, independent research firm The Creative Group found. Additionally, 12% said that this wasn't only a once-in-a-while thing, but worked every weekend.

It's this extra time spent working that may explain why business executives have a workweek that's considerably longer than 40 hours. The Creative Group found, based on survey respondents' answers that 71% worked 40 to 59 hours each week. About 1 in 5 worked 60 hours or longer.

"Working weekends is not exclusive to senior leaders, but it may be more common," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of the Menlo, Calif.-based marketing and research company.

She added that because executives typically have more responsibilities to take care of, stretching that work out over more than five days is often necessary.

At the same time, though, Domeyer said that both business owners and employees should be careful not to overdo it.

"Everyone needs time to disconnect from the job, unwind and recharge their creative battery," said Domeyer. "Delegating tasks and keeping a check on employees' workloads can help managers and their teams achieve a better work-life balance."

More than two-thirds of Americans say they "frequently" work on weekends, based on a separate poll from job search magazine Careerealism. Because of this, it may be a good idea to update the company's businessowners insurance policy to protect against liability.

Please speak to your local Selective agent about what options are available to ensure you are appropriately protected.


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