How DST Impacts Indian Offshore Teams
If you work onsite in the US or an American working with Indians, this post will give a glimpse into how those in the subcontinent handle the time change.
What do Indians Think of DST?
Daylight Saving Time is not observed in India. Due to this, there is some confusion with Indians new to global team members observing DST or Standard Time how it works and how it impacts everyone's schedule.
Is Daylight Saving Time observed in India?
No. That is why many Indians find DST confusing. In fact, in a training in India when we were discussing DST, one Indian IT professional said until he went to the US he always thought "time change" meant that people shifted their schedules ahead or back one hour, but not the clocks! Some Indians may think this happens because as we will see shift and meeting times do physically change for offshore teams in India.
If this were true, American news would not be reporting
on sleep deprivation at this time of the year as the clocks would stay the same. But, because clocks are physically changed, one hour is lost on the first Sunday of March, and at the beginning of daylight saving time.
What are the shifts for Indians in DST vs Standard Time?
Most IT professionals don't look forward to the start of DST. Most offshore teams prefer fall back to spring forward because spring forward means shifts that starts an hour earlier in the day.
Standard Time - November 1st Sunday - March 1st Sunday
Shift Time: 3pm-11pm
Daylight Saving Time - March 1st Sunday to November 1st Sunday
Shift Time: 2pm-10pm
Keeping in mind that the U.S. clocks have “sprung forward” by one hour, all meetings regularly scheduled through the U.S. counterparts will be moved ahead by one hour as per Indian clocks. (Those highlighted in bold text represent the new times between March - November.)
Example: EST (Eastern Time Zone) to IST (Indian Standard Time)
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