March 31, 2015

Will I Be Late or Early if I Don't Spring Forward?

2am Jumps to 3am for Spring ForwardRecently, a good question was emailed to Authentic Journeys, "Will I early or late to work if I do not change springtime in my clock?" 

While the question's wording should be changed to, "Will I be early or late to work if I do not move my clock forward for day light savings time?", I will attempt to answer this. 

While many digital clocks and computers will automatically change the time, like in the below video demonstrating the spring forward, there are still many manual clocks and watches in circulation. For those clocks, a human must remember to change the time. If I were to forget to set the clock forward for spring forward, then I would be late to work on Monday. 

The reason: 
Normal time- 2am 
New time - 3am
Time to come to work is 9am
9 o'clock will come earlier than it usually does due to the time change, that's why we lose one hour of sleep. So, for the person that doesn't change the clock, and enters the office at 9am, it will actually be 10am for the rest of the people, and hence, entering the office at 9 without changing the clock will make that person l-a-t-e! 

I know that's confusing. And, don't think that all Americans find this easy to figure out or explain, either. In the video below, Americans are asked, "Will I be early or late to church on Sunday if I forget to change my clock for daylight saving time?" Most are perplexed and give the wrong answer! 

If I forget to change my clock in the spring will I be late or early? (Video on YouTube)

How does Spring Forward Impact me in India?
India does not observe any time changes domestically. However, if a person in India has a relative living in a country that does observe a time change or works on a virtual team, you may notice the time you would call your relatives or colleagues may change by one hour.  To understand more about how DST and the time change impact your offshore colleagues in India, check out this post.

Jennifer Kumar helps your Indian offshore teams or onsite international assignees find success in business through cross-cultural training for US-facing professionals. Contact her for more information.

Related Posts: 
What is Spring Forward?  
5 Time Zones During Spring Forward? 
Will I be late or early if I don't turn my clock back for fall back?

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We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.