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Published 26 June 2012 08:48, Updated 27 June 2012 06:12
A new study suggests employers aren’t as hung up on employee punctuality as they used to be.
The reason? Employees are more tethered to their work than ever before thanks to the rise of internet-based services that are accessible through smartphones and other mobile devices.
According to the study by Mozy, a tech outfit that sells cloud-based services, the days of working 9-to-5 are well and truly dead, leading many employers to loosen up their ideas about when workers should be present in the office.
The study survey 1000 employers and employees in the US, Britain, France, Germany and Ireland to come up with the finding that 73 per cent of bosses have a “relaxed attitude to time keeping, as they trust their staff are working long before they get to the office”.
Mozy says the average boss in the surveyed countries is happy for employees to be up to half an hour late and will allow staff to spend as much as a quarter of their working week working from home. On average, mobile-equipped workers start checking work email at 7.42am, before arriving in the office at 8.18am. They then leave work at 5.48pm but don’t stop fully working until an hour and a half later at 7.19pm.
“Three quarters of employers now give mobile tools to their teams to employer them to get their work done wherever they are, and relaxed attitudes to working patterns move in correlation to the availability of mobile tools,” Mozy says, noting that there a quid pro quo for bosses.
“The survey highlighted a blended approach to the work-life balance with workers starting and ending their working days well beyond the time spent in the office. However, they expect to be able to carry out more personal tasks during the working day and to extend their breaks to give them the freedom to enjoy social activities or complete chores.”
But, the technology vendor also notes that just 11 per cent of workers can access everything they need in the office while they’re on the move.