A new study done by data-protection company Mozy shows that 73% of bosses are pretty chill when it comes to showing up late as more staffers are now using tech (smartphones, the cloud, etc.) to tackle their work day long before they clock-in at 9:00 a.m.


The study, which was conducted among conducted among 1,000 employees and employers in the U.S. and parts of Europe, claim that the increasing use of smartphones, the cloud and other ways to access work remotely are the reason why bosses are no longer so strict about punctuality. In fact, many employers are even allowing staffers to work remotely from home about a quarter of the week.  And American bosses are also more lenient when it comes to taking longer lunches (48%) and carrying out personal tasks at work such as online banking, paying bills (22%) and online shopping (21%).

As for the employees, one in five claim they already started checking their work email by 7:00 a.m. (the average person starts checking work email at 7:42 a.m) before arriving at the office at around 8:18 a.m. And although they leave around 5:48 p.m., they don’t stop fully working until about 7:19 p.m. So basically, employees are typically working in one form or another for nearly 12 hours a day, with 46 minutes of that time already spent working before they even arrive at the office. And even though bosses are becoming more understanding about late arrivals, half of employees in the survey claim they will still feel bad about showing up late.

But don't use this as an excuse to slack off as these bosses will only tolerate showing up late by up about 37 minutes (24 if your boss is British). And they also expect employees to work outside of normal business hours: 15% of American bosses said they feel comfortable contacting and calling employees up to 9:00 p.m.; 42% of French bosses don’t like to do so after 7:00 p.m.; 16% of U.K. bosses think it’s acceptable to call workers late into the night, such as between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.