Remote work is no longer a niche work style. Since the mass adoption of remote work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to today’s “new normal” of hybrid teams with both on and off-site workers, remote working has evolved into a successful and productive work model, sustained by increasing employee preferences for flexible work options. This has led organizations, both large and small, to include remote work as an option in their long-term work process management. This shift has brought about some interesting dynamic changes for teams that work remotely across different time zones. It has become very common to see a coworker starting their work day and another ending their work day at the same time, all while sending good wishes on Slack!
So what are these new dynamics affecting the distributed and global remote working workforce? In this article, we explore remote work across different time zones – the pros and cons of this work style along with tips on how to effectively manage people and processes across time zones.
Remote work classification on the basis of time zones
Companies adopting remote work need to consider the role that geography plays in day-to-day operations. Since a company’s digital infrastructure, tools, and processes would most likely be centered around business requirements, adopting a style of remote work that supports and continues business efforts is key.
Remote work within close time zones
Although remote work allows employees the flexibility to work away from a central office space, in most cases company policy necessitates that employees be available to go to a company work space, if and when there is a need. In such a case, an employee has the flexibility of choosing when and how frequently they would go to the work space. In this case, even though employees work remotely, they might be required to be working from the same geographical location or within particular time zones in order to maintain business continuity.
There are many reasons for companies to adopt this style of remote work.
For instance, the company may not have the necessary processes or infrastructure in place that enables them to work effectively as a distributed remote team. Additionally, a company’s communication and collaboration practices could be synchronous in nature requiring all team members to be available at overlapping times.