Wiser work hours

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MOST bosses are happy for staff to turn up late for work, according to new research.

The study, conducted by the online back-up service, Mozy, suggests that mobile technology, including smartphone apps and cloud services, now means that bosses are surprisingly supportive of a flexible workforce – more than most employees realise.

The findings emerged in a study of 1,000 British, German, French, US and Irish employees and employers, which found 73 per cent of bosses have a relaxed attitude to time keeping, as they trust their staff are working long before they actually get to the office.

Yet this will come as a shock to most workers as half of employees are under the impression that their bosses definitely will mind if they are late.

“This is brilliant news for workers everywhere,” comments Claire Galbois-Alcaix of online back-up specialist www.mozy.co.uk , which conducted the study.

“Hard work isn’t going unnoticed and mobile working and technology is having more of an impact on employer attitudes than people think.”

The average global boss would be willing to turn a blind eye to employees being up to 32 minutes late and let staff spend a quarter of the week working from home.

However, British bosses are the strictest, wanting late-running workers at their desks no later than 24 minutes into the working day, whilst US employers take the most relaxed view, tolerating their staff turning up to 37 minutes late in the day.

The death knell of the nine-to-five worker has been rung by mobile technology, with three quarters of employers giving employees tools to get their jobs done wherever they are.

However, just 11 per cent of British employers tool their workers up to be able to access everything on the move - which would allow people even more freedom.

The study says the urge to check emails first thing in the morning is overwhelming with a third of all British employees has logged in by 6.30am.