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April 09, 2009

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I once returned a phone call from a client at 9 AM. I had already been at work for two hours so I didn't think anything of it.

I didn't stop to think that I was calling his cell phone and he was on West Coast time. Needless to say, he was not very happy.

It's not dumb at all. I just moved back to the States from South Korea. I used these two to coordinate and schedule times: World Time Server: http://worldtimeserver.com/ and the World Clocks gadget that I use on my iGoogle page: http://www.google.com/ig/directory?url=www.ljmsite.com/google/gadgets/worldclocks4.xml

Now I'm in California but planning to move back east to NYC. The same issues come up. It's just that after 8 years of dealing with an extreme version of it, it's rare I forget to coordinate the time now.

It's great to remind people we're all not in the same time zone.

I've actually thought about writing about this too! It tends to be an issue when working across timezones, so it's best to get in the habit of always being as clear as possible.

Two comments, one rant.

The comments: 1.) There's no Daylight Savings in most of Arizona. As if time zones weren't already confusing, twice/year we shift relative to the rest of the world! 2.) Speaking of Outlook, it does a pretty good job of adjusting for timezones on meeting requests. Not good enough for my Arizona problem, but good enough for everyone else, IMO.

/rant. It drives me nuts when people say, for example, Eastern Standard Time during Daylight Savings Time. The implication is that Eastern (Central, take your pick) is THE standard. But no, the proper term in summer is Eastern Daylight Time. /end rant

I agree. It's the little things that make a difference. I've taken to always quoting appointment times as "Eastern" (my time) or whatever time I know clients are in.

Another little thing I've run up against a lot - email going to spam filters. Both email I send and receive. Think of the consequences if you're a job seeker and the email from the hiring manager goes to spam and you never get it! Talk about disaster. So, I'm suggesting everyone keep an eye on "bulk" or "spam" mail. Some filters can capture and trash mail you really need!

@Donnie: Ouch! Well, at least you learned.

@RKWalton: Thanks for the resources, they're great. Good luck with your move!

@Allie: Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it should be written about (I was a little worried there).

@Josh: I didn't know that about Arizona, I thought it was only parts of Indiana. You learn something new every day!

@Miriam: Yes - spam filters! And also, accidentally deleting something you think is trash but really isn't.

Very useful information. Thanks for the post.

@Altax: Thanks for reading.

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