Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, released the results of its latest Small Business Index which found that the primary holiday season concerns for small and mid-sized business owners (SMBs) are cash flow (32 percent) and productivity (23 percent). The Index also revealed that nearly one-in-three SMBs (30 percent) indicated they could benefit from hiring temporary employees during the holidays. "Almost one-quarter of small business owners are concerned with productivity during the hectic holiday season," said Christine Nessen, senior director of contract marketing for Office Depot, Inc. "At Office Depot, we understand the needs of small business owners, and strive to provide all the necessary business solutions, products and services, that can help small businesses stay organized, productive and on-task." To finish the year on a strong note, Nessen suggests SMBs should develop an end-of-year strategy to maintain momentum, such as hiring extra seasonal staff. Of the SMBs that say they could benefit from extra seasonal help, 87 percent plan to hire temporary employees, with the majority (37 percent) planning to hire six to 10 seasonal workers. "Building a strategy helps owners plan for business changes - such as business influxes and hiring needs - to stay on track during the busy holiday season," said Nessen. "In addition, maintaining momentum helps meet end-of-year sales goals, deadlines and successfully plan for the next year, which 18 percent of SMBs list as a concern." Taking time off to recharge is also critical so that small business owners don't burn out during the hectic holiday season. Only one-in-four SMBs (27 percent) plan to work during the holidays, which shows that a majority of small business owners understand the benefit of taking a step back to reorganize schedules and prioritize family time.