Workplace punctuality less of a concern thanks to UC options

With growing innovation in the VoIP and unified communication (UC) field, employees can check their email and communicate with the office from a smartphone or tablet at any time of the day. As the bring your own device (BYOD) trend continues to rise managers are less concerned about employees time cards, as staffers are logging in before and staying connected after they are out of the building.

A new survey from data-protection company Mozy took a look at 1,000 American, British, German, French and Irish managers and employees and found that 73 percent of managers have an increasingly relaxed attitude toward clock punching because employees are not working the typical nine-to-five hours.

The numbers support employers feelings as they show 20 percent of workers have checked their work email by 7 a.m. and the average employee has already spent up to 46 minutes working before reaching their desk.

Senior director of product management at Mozy, Gytis Barzdukas, spoke with online publication Mashable about the findings.

"Employers are giving employees better tools and more flexibility around work time and work place, but in turn they are asking that they be more available throughout the day," Barzdukas said.

According to the report, U.S. employers said they will tolerate an employee showing up about 37 minutes late and are allowing staffers to work remotely, mainly from home, about a quarter of the week. Employees, however, find themselves working nearly 12-hour days. Many workers start checking their email at 7:42 a.m., almost 40 minutes before arriving in the office and continue to pay attention to work communication until 7:19 p.m., according to the report.

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