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Re^8: Daylight saving time in my region should be...

by ikegami (Pope)
on Dec 06, 2011 at 20:53 UTC ( #942108=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^7: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
in thread Daylight saving time in my region should be...

I don't think the company would necessarily have to tell the employees what the local office hours are.

"Only" in job requirements, company policies, employee handbooks, etc. Office hours can also appear in brochures, advertising materials, service agreements, etc.


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Re^9: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
by jdporter (Canon) on Dec 06, 2011 at 21:01 UTC

    Right. When's the last time you saw a brochure/ad/service agreement that said "We are open from 9-5, whichever timezone you happen to be in"? On the contrary, here in the US at least, it's much more common for such things to say "we are open from 9-5 Eastern time. [If you don't live in the Eastern time zone, you'll just have to do the math accordingly.]" This might not be improved much if at all under the above proposal, but it certainly wouldn't be any worse.

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you're saying: It won't make a difference most of the time, so I'll ignore the times when it does make a difference.
        Correct me if I'm wrong

        Gladly. I think it comes down to the following:

        1. It eliminates ambiguity. 0900-1700 has exactly one meaning, globally.
        2. It eliminates the need to do timezone math. (I.e. They say they're open 9-5. What do I have to add/subtract to turn that into my time?)
        Whether these differences are huge or minor, and for whom, will depend on various factors, but I believe that they'll be very significant much more than they'll be insignificant.

        I think one test of whether the proposal would work is to look at how the scheme is already being used. There are organizations already who run exclusively on UTC. How do they fare?

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