Why SMEs Have To Work Christmas


I sincerely hope you will be having a wonderful time this Christmas and won’t be working!

Sadly some members of our family will be working on Christmas Day, one in hospital and one in prison. And I guess we can relate to certain organisations being operational 24/7 and 365 days a year.

But, what we might not be too familiar with, is the fact that nearly one in five (18 per cent) SME decision makers have had to go into work on Christmas Day, and nearly a third (32 per cent) have sacrificed the festivities to check and send work emails.

Jason Eatock, Head of SME at Zurich who carried out the study says, “… despite commonly held views about the lifestyle benefits of working for yourself, the reality can be very different.

‘Missing big events is a high price to pay and shows the pressure many SMEs are under.”

Missing Holidays Too

The insurer’s latest data has shown that not only have SME decision makers had to work over the Christmas period, they’re also losing out on annual leave, with further data from Zurich revealing that one in ten around 14 per cent of decision makers have not taken any annual leave this year and in addition 18 per cent have not had more than ten days off this year.

A Problem Shared

Specialist Contracting can be tough, so if you are under pressure you may want to consider the old saying that; ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ which according to a new study has now been supported by scientific fact.

Researchers have proved that the best way to deal with a stressful situation (such as not getting paid properly) is to share – because sharing a threatening situation ‘buffers individuals from experiencing the heightened levels of stress that typically accompany threat’.

Please Know That We Care

Whilst we might not be going through the same trauma, we have supported plenty of Specialist Contractors who have found themselves in a difficult situation.

StreetwiseSubbie work exclusively for, and are already helping lots of Specialist Contractors just like you to get paid on time, make bigger profits, and stop Contractors stealing your profits.


Not having the right advice on your side could not only mean you working over Christmas, it can be catastrophic.


If you have any kind of business problem and want some good honest no-nonsense advice then please don’t hesitate to call me on 01773 712116 or email me at barry@streetwisesubbie.com.

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We look forward to helping you to avoid working over Christmas, and let me wish you, your family and your team a very Merry Christmas.

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