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April 28, 2009

In many countries, workers have been going to work earlier in response to the floundering economy, but not in France, where workers are arriving nearly 15 minutes later, according to a report by OfficeMetrics.

For the report, OfficeMetrics looked at the start times of 80,000 employees of organizations using the company's software, comparing start times in November 2008 and March 2009 in 7 countries. The firm found that in most countries, workers have been going to work earlier.

For example, workers in Germany had a start time of 8:51 a.m. in November but arrived at work 16 minutes earlier in March, at 8:35 a.m. By contrast, workers in France had a start time of 9:08 a.m. in November but arrived at work 14 minutes later in March, at 9:22 a.m.

In the United States, workers are arriving later, but the difference is only a minute (8:31 in November versus 8:32 in March).

When OfficeMetrics looked at start times over a 6-month period, it found that workers in Australia had the earliest average start time (8:29), followed by the United States (8:33), Germany (8:44), Ireland (8:48), Japan (8:57), the United Kingdom (9:10), and France . (9:19).

Sources: The Guardian and OfficeMetrics

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