Respect the Time Zone

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Last week, we covered steps to make virtual meetings rock in real time. But there’s one tip that is guaranteed to make team members more engaged throughout every meeting.

Respect the time zone.  

If the main office or location where most employees are based is in a different time zone than other employees, they are often required to work outside of workday hours to make meetings with coworkers. This can lead to burnout and frustration over time.

How can we avoid this? Here are some tips:

  • Schedule large group meetings farther in advance than usual.

  • Move times around every once and a while to accommodate those in other time zones (even if it means moving outside of your normal workday hours).

If it’s 1 hour or 12 hours, working as a team across time zones can be tricky. Communicate often and follow the team charter to minimize confusion and maximize team cohesion!