1The Lure of Email
Not surprisingly, email is the most common tool employees can access outside the office, and it seems to be addicting. Workers can’t seem to pass up the urge to check their business email early in the morning. The study showed that one in five log into their email by 7 a.m. What’s more, 60 percent of workers check their email before 8:30 in the morning, and 60 percent check it after 6:30 in the evening.
2Long Days Journey
3Burning the Candle at Both Ends
4Extending a Long Day at the Office
5Having the Right Tools
Nearly three-fourths of the employers give their employees the tools they need to “get their jobs done wherever they are, but only 11 percent of the employees” have access to “enough tools to completely carry out their roles remotely,” according to the study. Mozy’s Robinson points to a correlation between employees being given access to tools and their willingness to work outside the 9-to-5 confines. Respondents in Germany were the least likely to been given “remote access working tools” and were also the most likely not to check their email after 5 p.m.
6OK to Arrive Late?
The study showed that, on average, employees can arrive at work as much as 32 minutes late before their employers started thinking they are being taken advantage of. Attitudes toward lateness vary in different countries. “British bosses offered the least flexibility, wanting employees at their desks no later than 24 minutes after they were due to start, while U.S. employers were the most tolerant of late arrivals, forgiving staff for being 37 minutes late, on average. German bosses were most likely to demand absolute punctuality with 40 percent requiring on-the-dot attendance,” according to the study.
With workers starting earlier and finishing later than ever, employers are more lenient than ever before about employees taking care of personal tasks during business hours. The top non-work tasks that employers feel are OK to do during work hours include leaving early for the doctor or dentist, making personal phone calls, taking coffee breaks, chatting with colleagues, sending a few personal emails and taking a long lunch.