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Not a morning person? Not a problem!

If you’ve ever hit the snooze button on your alarm clock and wished you could stay in bed rather than face the commute into work, then findings from Mozy’s recent survey will be music to your ears.

The average boss is happy for workers to spend a quarter of their time working from home and, guess what?  “Not being a morning person” features highly on the list of reasons for not being in the office.

Not being a morning person ranked 13th of the list of reasons bosses are given for their employees working from home.  That means more people work from home to avoid an early start than those homeworking whilst waiting for a delivery, observing a religious holiday or ensuring that they are closer to a business meeting taking place that day.

However, it doesn’t come higher in the league than ‘being better able to work from home’, which ranked tenth on the list.  With mobile access technologies allowing employees to get at the information that they need, regardless of where they are, homeworking often presents a great opportunity to complete tasks uninterrupted in a quiet environment.

Of course, an element of vanity crept into the homeworking chart too – though much lower than the reasons we’ve shared so far.  Haircut disasters, spray-tan incidents and wearing the wrong shoes all made the list.

So, if you’re a blotchy orange colour, having a bad hair day, hobbling and wishing you could just go back to bed, let’s hope your company has a cloud strategy so you can start your day again in an hour’s time.  The chances are, you’ll be more productive from home anyway!

Top reasons for remote working:

1)   Dealing with childcare

2)   Transportation issues

3)   Health emergencies

4)   Snow

5)   Waiting for a repair man

6)   Other parental responsibilities

7)   Dental appointment

8)   Flat tyre

9)   Dealing with pets

10)  Can work easier at home

11)   Broken appliances preventing getting ready

12)   Airport delay

13)   Not a morning person

14)   Forgot phone/wallet at home

15)   Piking up supplies for the office

16)   Waiting for a delivery

17)    Relationship issues

18)   Need peace and quiet

19)   Locked in

20)  Helping someone with a broken-down car

21)   Religious day

22)   Alarm ‘switched itself off’

23)   Easier to get to a meeting from home

24)   Parking ticket

25)   Neighbour/friend gone into labour

26)   More environmentally friendly to work from home

27)   Had to go home as worried about having left an appliance on

28)   Broadband is quicker at home

29)   Forgot travelcard/ticket

30)   Recovering from cosmetic surgery

31)    Wrong shoes

32)    Hair-cut disasters

33)    Spray-tan accidents

34)    Housemate’s relationship issues

Miss, a lion ate my homework

In a world where free online backup means that anyone can protect their work and access it from anywhere, you’d think that the days of kids using excuses like ‘the dog ate my homework’ would be a thing of the past.  Yet, new research from Mozy showed that 60 per cent of pupils still try to blame the family pooch for not being able to hand in their work.

Even so, 72 per cent of teachers said that pupils were getting more creative with their excuses and coming up with increasingly extravagant reasons for not finishing their assignments.
We asked 1,000 kids what excuses they’d invented and here is a list of some of the more bizarre…

  • My dog had a pee on it
  • My mum sheared it
  • It accidentally got put on the bonfire
  • My horse ate it
  • My niece was sick on it
  • I couldn’t hear you when you set it
  • The dog spilt cake on it
  • I sprayed it with deodorant and the chemicals shrivelled the paper
  • I dropped it in the bath
  • I put it in the fridge so that I would remember it when I got the milk out for my cereal in the morning… but I had toast instead
  • My chinchilla weed on it
  • I accidentally did a poo on it
  • I was by the window when I was doing it and it blew away when I went to get a glass of squash
  • A snail ate it
  • I was walking through the park when a bee stung me so I ran to save myself and dropped my homework
  • I dropped it in a river and it was carried away by the current
  • My goldfish ate it
  • I was on holiday in Martorg on Mars when the assignment was set
  • My house caught fire
  • My cat ate it – and then threw up on my spare copy
  • I left it on the kitchen worktop and it must have stuck to a ready meal before it went into the microwave because the next time I saw it, it was burned to my placemat
  • My grandma took it on holiday
  • The letters on my keyboard got stuck so all it says is eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • My cat broke my keyboard
  • My silly brother drew on it
  • I couldn’t get home to do my homework last night as there are really bad road works at the moment
  • My sister was sick on it
  • A pigeon pooed on it
  • It was stolen
  • I died
  • My family was really hungry and we ate it
  • A lion took it
  • Someone mugged me and took it
  • It was confiscated by airport security

Back in the real world, the research uncovered that half of all the kids polled had genuinely lost their homework due to a technical error on their computer.  So, to keep homework loss purely fictional, Mozy offers everyone 2GB of free back up – that’s enough to back up about 80,000 two-page Word documents.  Just click here to get Mozy.