Been able to roll into work when you want might be hurting your career.

A new study from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business found that despite working equal amounts of time, an employee who starts the day earlier will come off as more conscientious than someone who starts later.

Past studies have shown that giving workers leeway in setting their hours makes them happier and more productive. But this new study suggests that your boss may be unconsciously judging you for giving yourself a later start time, no matter how much work you do.

Researchers asked 149 supervisors to rate an employee’s performance. The start times ranged from 5 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Even when employees who started later in the day worked the same number of hours as those who started earlier, supervisors were inclined to rate employees who began work earlier as more conscientious, and gave them higher performance ratings. Bosses who worked later hours themselves were less inclined to display this so-called "morning bias." (Huffington Post)

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