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SME work-life balance impacting personal relationships

More than 90 per cent of construction business owners admit that they worry their work-life balance is negatively impacting on relationships with family and friends, research has revealed.

To compound the issue, 49 per cent of construction industry SME leaders have missed a special occasion and 39 per cent having missed or cancelled a holiday or mini-break.  A third (34 per cent) also report that they have struggled to spend enough time with their children since starting their business.

The research, released by independent SME funding partner Ultimate Finance, highlights a worrying trend for small business owners in the construction industry feeling that they do not have the necessary support available to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Steve Noble, chief operating officer at Ultimate Finance, said: “Wellbeing is often in the headlines, but the focus is rarely on small business owners. Given so few of them feel that they have the capacity to achieve a healthy work-life balance, there is clear evidence that more support is needed.

“Central legislation to ease the bureaucracy of running a business, national and local investment in support services for SMEs and more readily available advice on where to turn when things are getting too much, are all examples of ways that government and the broader business community can come together to tackle this challenge.

“With the necessary support in place, construction SME owners can find the balance between striving for success in their professional lives and also enjoying well-earned quality time with friends and family. It is also then more likely to positively impact employees too, as a leader that understands the importance of wellbeing can put measures in place to ensure the workforce is enjoying a healthy work-life balance too.”

21 March 2019

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