The advent of mobile apps and cloud services has brought flexibility to workplaces around the world, as nearly three quarters of bosses have no problem with employees arriving late for work, confident that they will have been working elsewhere. In fact, the evolution of employer attitudes to flexible working has even outpaced the expectations of the workforce: more than half of employees still believe their bosses will take issue if they aren’t at their desks on time.
The findings emerged in a study of 1,000 US, British, German, French and Irish employees and employers, which found that 73 percent of bosses have a relaxed attitude to time keeping, as they trust their staff are working long before they get to the office. The average boss is willing to turn a blind eye to employees being up to 32 minutes late and let staff spend up to a quarter of the week working from home.
This has been driven by the growth in the use of mobile technology. Three quarters of employers now give mobile tools to their teams to empower them to get their work done wherever they are, and relaxed attitudes to working patterns move in correlation to the availability of mobile tools. However, just 11 percent of workers are able to access everything on the move that they can in the office – meaning that there is still room for growth.
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.
The survey showed that the days of working 9-to-5 are long behind us. The average person starts checking their work email at 7:42 a.m., gets into the office at 8:18 a.m., leaves the office at 5:48 p.m. and stops working fully at 7:19 p.m.