That’s not to say that employers are fine for every day to be a WFH (working from home) day. But they appreciate that most white-collar workers are busy on their smartphones, tablets or laptops while away from the office. And they believe workers should be cut some slack about when exactly they arrive at their desks.
According to our new research, the average boss has no problem with their employees showing up for work as much as 32 minutes after their scheduled start time, safe in the knowledge that they’ll have been working long before they arrive.
And they’re right! The average person has already put in 46 minutes of work before they walk through the office door.
However, employees have yet to realize the flexibility their bosses are willing to offer them, with 76% of employers taking a relaxed attitude as to when employees clock in, but less than half of workers believing this to be the case.
But employees expect a bit of a give and take in return for the time they’re putting in after hours – by carrying out some personal tasks during “work hours.” The majority of employees in the U.S., as well as in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany, said they often fit in personal activities, such as online shopping and social networking, during the day.
And what’s driving this change? The cloud! Being able to access files remotely, use mobile apps and remotely log in to get documents from the office means that we’re now able to work when and where we choose.
So, if you want to go to your kid’s school play in the afternoon, you can still be in contact with the office for anything urgent, and you can finish up any work when you get home in the evening.
Which means, it’s goodbye to 9-to-5 and hello to spreading your work and personal life throughout the day when it’s more convenient for you
You can read all the findings from our research here: The New 9-to-5
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