Turn Back Time - November Marks the End of Daylight Saving Time

In the fall, most Americans "gain an hour." If you work with Americans from India, your meeting times will be moved ahead for one hour. Although your US client will be meeting you at 9am EST before or after the end of daylight saving time, you will feel a time change as the clocks don't change in India.  

For instance, if you normally meet your US client at 6:30pm IST, after "fall back," you will be meeting that same client at 7:30pm. For a clearer picture, the below details examples of the time change in each US continental time zone compared against the static time in India.

(Note, below Daylight Saving Time is abbreviated as DST.)

Example: EST (Eastern Time Zone) to IST (Indian Standard Time)
Example Cities: New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta

Time Period ---> US Time (EST) ---> India Time ---> Time Difference
During DST   --->   9am               --->   6:30pm    --->   +9.5 hours
End of DST   --->   9am               --->   7:30pm    --->    +10.5 hours
*Take note, some parts of Indiana do not change their time.

Example: CST (Central Time Zone) to IST (Indian Standard Time)
Example Cities: Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City

Time Period ---> US Time (CST) ---> India Time ---> Time Difference
During DST   --->   9am               --->   7:30pm    --->   +9.5 hours
End of DST   --->   9am               --->   8:30pm    --->    +10.5 hours

Example: MST (Mountain Time Zone) to IST (Indian Standard Time)
Example Cities: Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix*

Time Period ---> US Time (MST) ---> India Time ---> Time Difference
During DST   --->   9am               --->   8:30pm    --->   +9.5 hours
End of DST   --->   9am               --->   9:30pm    --->    +10.5 hours
*The entire state of Arizona does not change clocks for daylight savings time.

Example: PST (Pacific Time Zone) to IST (Indian Standard Time)
Example Cities: Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Portland

Time Period ---> US Time (PST) ---> India Time ---> Time Difference
During DST   --->   9am               --->   9:30pm    --->   +9.5 hours
End of DST   --->   9am               --->   10:30pm    --->    +10.5 hours

How Do I Know I Have the Right Time?
  • Use your computer
    Set two (or more clocks) on your computer tuned to the times of the locations where the meetings are taking place.
  • Timeanddate.com
    I often use this website to find suitable meeting times for my international clients.
  • Use Google
    Type "Time in (City Name)" into Google Search to find the current time. For example, here is the search for "Time in New York."
  • Computer Calendar Set the time zones in your e-mail program appropriately. Especially when the US side sets the meeting and sends you a reminder, it should come to your inbox or be listed on your calendar in your local time.
Need Help Coordinating Meetings?
Applying best practices to meeting management including scheduling, agenda setting, cultural communication gaps can bring a streamlined productivity to your cross-border dispersed team meetings. For more information on consulting with your team based in India virtually or in person, contact Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director of Authentic Journeys Consultancy based in Kochi, Kerala, India.


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