It's official - bosses don't mind when staff to turn up late

According to new research bosses are happy for staff to turn up late for work. The findings emerged in a study of 1,000 employers and 1,000 employees, in which 75% of bosses admit they have a relaxed attitude to time keeping- but only because they know staff will start working long before they step foot into the office.

The average employer would turn a blind eye to lateness for the first half an hour of the day, safe in the knowledge their staff aren't just having a lie-in; yet this will come as a shock to most workers as nearly half of employees are under the impression that their bosses definitely will mind if they are late.

Punctuality isn't the only thing bosses are laid-back about, as 25% are happy for employees to take longer lunches and nearly 35% don't have a problem with everyone enjoying office banter and regular tea breaks; the average boss would even accept employees working from home one or two days a week if they preferred to do so.

Claire Galbois-Alcaix of online back-up specialist Mozy, which conducted the study said:

"This is brilliant news for workers everywhere.

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

"The lines between work and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as one aspect of life merges with the other.

"Bosses have come to understand that a bit of give and take encourages a loyal and trusted workforce.

"Using internet-based solutions that allow workers to access their data as if they were in the office, wherever they are and whenever they want, will help everyone to continue seeing benefits."

The study also shows that:

  • A third of British employees have already logged-on to their work email by 6.30am;
  • The average British employee will put in at least 37 minutes of work before they even reach their desks;
  • As a result, 40% feel justified in arriving to work a little late.

10% of those polled even claim they are fine with their employees carrying out personal tasks at work such as online banking, food shopping and paying bills while at their desks;

Over half of those polled would think nothing of leaving work early for a doctor's or dentist's appointment, one in eight are happy eating breakfast at the desk, and nearly one in ten take time out to research holidays or shopping.

Other personal tasks workers feel comfortable about doing at work include using Facebook and Twitter, paying a few bills and listening to music.

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