It’s all gloom and doom says Europe’s political leadership but small biz’s just get on with life

Austerity, cutbacks, recession, depression, deficit, collapse, pain and more pain. That’s what we have to look forward to in 2012 according to our political leaders. Well all of us at Wanobe have a message for them: Get real!

We’ve lived with several years of belt tightening already, but while the banks and big firms have moaned and groaned, we small business owners have been rolling up our sleeves and getting on with the job. The vast majority of us cannot afford the luxury of losing confidence in the future, which is why we work so damn hard. Not for us the rhetoric of local and national politicians.

According to a study by Regus, Three fifths of small business employees will work over Christmas, and even those ‘on holiday’ will be in regular contact with work. The Regus survey revealed that some 71 per cent of people working for smaller firms will be checking work emails regularly on their mobile devices and two fifths will be expected to do some work by their employers.

There is a price to pay, of course. Regus regional director Celia Donne says that the survey sounds a note of caution to those who have taken holiday but plan to be in ‘online’ regardless. She says, ‘It is ironic that the very technology that affords us flexibility and freedom from the traditional fixed office set-up also blurs the distinction between work and home life.

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About Wanobe, the business knowledge network
Writer, journalist and broadcaster, sixty-something David likes nothing better than being with family and friends, eating out and drinking great wines, and scuba diving.

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