Mar 12 2012

CFCA across different time zones

By Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA online content manager

Time clockDaylight saving time started Sunday, but we adjust the clock all the time as international communicators!

Have you ever thought about how CFCA is a 24/7 community? Because we work in countries around the world, CFCA staff members are usually awake in some place or another.

In the Kansas City office, staff members in our international programs department often start their workday receiving emails sent at all sorts of odd hours: 11 p.m., 3 a.m., etc.

These emails are from our colleagues around the world during their workday while we were asleep!

Of course, this makes coordinating live webinars and Skype sessions interesting. For example, we have monthly online conference calls at 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to accommodate our projects in Africa, India and the Philippines.

Here’s a great website to help juggle different time zones: http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Let’s explore a typical day in the CFCA world, starting in Kansas but going around the globe. For ease of comparison, we’ve highlighted just a few regions: Kansas City, Kenya and India.

7-7:30 a.m. Central time

1) K.C. ñ Employees filter into the Kansas City headquarters office. Financial and accounting departments are among the earliest to arrive, ready to process sponsorship payments and other contributions.

2) Kenya (4-4:30 p.m.) ñ Kenyan staff members have been working hard all morning and afternoon! It’s almost time to call it a day.

Sreekanth Gundoji

Sreekanth Gundoji

3) India (6:30-7 p.m.) ñ At 6 p.m. the workday has already finished. But every week in the CFCA project in Hyderabad, a few dedicated staff members will stay up late for touch-base meetings with our headquarters in Kansas.

One of these staff members is Sreekanth Gundoji, our communications center liaison in Hyderabad.

12-12:30 p.m. Central time

1) K.C. ñ Lunchtime! Every employee has half an hour to eat lunch in the community lunchroom or take their break somewhere else.

CFCA Thanksgiving lunch

CFCA's Thanksgiving luncheon last year in the Kansas City office.

Often you will see a “lunch train” going through the building as people file down as a group (usually by department) to the community dining area.

2) Kenya (9-9:30 p.m.) ñ The workday has long since finished by now! It’s also not uncommon for families to be eating dinner around this time, too. Tea is taken around 5 or 6 p.m.

3) India (11:30-midnight) ñ The workday has usually finished by now, but we have many staff members in India who are often still up working at this hour, particularly CFCA project coordinators. The culture is typically to eat supper late and go to bed quite late in the evening.

4-4:30 p.m. Central time

1) K.C. ñ The workday is winding down. The office stays open until 5 p.m., but some people have a 7:30-4:30 shift that allows them to arrive early and also leave early.

2) Kenya (1-1:30 a.m.) ñ The workday has long since finished by now!

3) India (3:30-4 a.m.) ñ The workday has long since finished by now!

11-11:30 p.m. Central time

1) K.C. ñ The workday has long since finished by now!

Regina Mburu

Regina Mburu

2) Kenya (8-8:30 a.m.) ñ People are beginning to report to the CFCA project offices and prepare for the workday.

For example, our communications center liaison in Nairobi, Regina Mburu, has already begun checking her emails for story assignments. If she is going outside the office and interviewing sponsored friends for a story, she makes a note to charge her video batteries before leaving.

3) India (10:30-11 a.m.) ñ CFCA staffers in India have been getting a lot of work done! Our project in Hyderabad, for example, has been open since 9:30 a.m. (but will stay until about 6 p.m.). Often staffers will come into the office to find emails from Kansas, sent while they were asleep.

The key takeaway is that CFCA never sleeps!

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