More employers believing their employees will work regardless of where they are

Published: Monday, June 25 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

Freida Orange, left, and George Nicholis, publicists with Zipline Entertainment, work out of a cluttered hotel-room-turned-office at the Sundance Film Festival. More employees are given the ability to work anywhere because of mobile and cloud services.

T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News

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The strict 9-to-5 workforce has changed thanks to cloud services and mobile apps. Since work material is becoming more accessible, employers are now more trusting that their employees are working wherever they are.

Nowadays, 73 percent of United States, British, German, French and Irish employers trust that their employees are working elsewhere if they aren't in the office, according to a study by Mozy.

In fact, 20 percent of U.S. bosses make it possible to access work material no matter where they are, which includes email, applications and front- and back-office cloud services, according to the study.

"Americans, who are given the most flexibility during their working hours, spend the most time working out of hours as well as the most time in the office," according to the report.

The latest technology and relaxed bosses allow employees to build more flexibility with work and family, said Russ Stockdale, general manager of Mozy, which conducted the study.

"Using cloud-based services that allow workers the ability to remotely access their data, wherever they are and whenever they want, will help people gain more flexibility and to continue seeing other work-life benefits," he said.

However, this also means to expect more notification pop-ups from the boss and phone calls from home, even after 5 p.m.

Only 32 percent of U.S. employers feel guilty calling after hours and 15 percent of U.S. bosses feel comfortable calling their employers up to 9 p.m. Mozy's study found that French employers are the most thoughtful and 43 percent won't call after 7 p.m.

"We can see from the research findings that we've come a long way towards work being 'a thing that you do' rather than 'a place that you go,' but, with just 20 percent of U.S. employees saying they can access all of their work tools remotely, there's still a long way to go," Stockdale said.

Email: ehong@desnews.com

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