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Your Boss Probably Doesn’t Appreciate You Working Late, According to Research

While research shows that flexible working hours are linked to higher productivity and employee retention rates, it also shows that bosses really don’t care, and rate their staff on other criteria.

One in-progress study from researchers at the University of Washington suggests that bosses are more likely to look favorably on early starters than late stayers.

Regardless of the fact that a night-owl might work exactly the same number of hours, with exactly the same productivity, your boss’s perception of your performance is often different.

A manager’s perceptions are enough to affect your career—a manager may perceive your late start as a sign of lower organizational commitment, and this flows on to the ratings in his performance appraisasl of your work.

So if you care about your career, it might pay for you to start work early—regardless of your company’s apparent commitment to flexible working hours.

John Andress
Having had many eclectic experiences and expressing interest in so many varied things in life has suited my role as Editor-in-Chief of Vision Times. Being trained in the sciences, I worked in the medical field. Scuba diving was a passion, being part owner of a scuba shop, and I enjoyed diving around the world. Raising reptiles of all sorts, including poisonous snakes, was also one of my hobbies when living in the U.S. After moving to Australia in the 80s, I became an avid organic grower of tropical fruits and vegetables, which my wife and I partake of year-round, as well as many of our friends. My newest endeavor has been to become a “bikie” — an eBikie, which I do every day not only to get exercise, but also to have a break from slaving over my computer most of the day. Obviously, China is also a passion, which is something VT specializes in, so I feel very fortunate to have a role here at Vision Times.

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