How do you handle different time zone challenges?

8 remote companies like OnTheGoSystems, Doist and Kinsta talk about how do they handle different time zone challenges

Why remote?

Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.

Hiring remote

Remote team leaders about building a remote team and how are they hiring for remote jobs in their company. They also share tips about how to stand out when applying for remote jobs.

Managing remote

Practical tips from remote companies about managing a remote team – how to measure productivity, where to work from and about planning company retreats to bring the remote team together.

Working remotely

Remote team leaders answering questions about their daily life in a remote team regarding communication, tools and more. They also share tips for companies planning to start working remotely.

The main challenges are time zones and cultures. You need to make sure projects run smoothly and that nobody is stuck waiting for someone’s reply in order to do their part. Different cultures can interpret a comment, a tone of voice, or even a joke in a different way than the intended one. Luckily in our organization, we all have a good relationship with one another, so things are not misinterpreted.

November 1, 2019

OnTheGoSystems

HIRING
We believe that people, not products, make the difference.
πŸ™ 77 locations
🌎 41 countries
πŸ€“ 51-200 members

We work asynchronously, so most of the time time zones don't really pose much of a challenge. Only when we need to have a video conference do we coordinate schedules to arrange a time to meet.

August 16, 2019

Doist

Building the future we want to work in
πŸ™ 53 locations
🌎 27 countries
πŸ€“ 51-200 members

About half our team is able to set their own schedule. While we ask everyone to pick and keep consistent hours, many folks are able to set their own hours and use flex time at their discretion (and in coordination with their manager and coworkers).

The other half of our team does have to work fixed schedules because they're doing things like providing customer support and monitoring our infrastructure. For those folks, we fix their schedules to UTC to ensure we have consistent coverage across time zones and changes. In addition, they use scheduling tools like WhenIWork so that everyone on the team can see everyone else that is working at any given them.

February 10, 2020

Kinsta

HIRING
Managed WordPress Hosting
πŸ™ 44 locations
🌎 21 countries
πŸ€“ 51-200 members

Team Sync hours by department. But honestly it's hard. Our monthly company AMA is at 4am my time, I rarely make it.

February 10, 2020

Time Doctor

HIRING
Productivity for Remote Teams
πŸ™ 32 locations
🌎 28 countries
πŸ€“ 51-200 members

We have a common 2 hours core team 3 days per week

August 14, 2019

SafetyWing

HIRING
Insurance for Nomads
πŸ™ 9 locations
🌎 7 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

We always take into account different timezones when we plan meetings, and there have only been a couple of occasions where someone who is about about 7 hours behind had to get up super early for a meeting! We're very considerate about not having people take meetings super late or early on their timezone.

August 15, 2019

marketgoo

Easy SEO Tools
πŸ™ 6 locations
🌎 3 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

Most of the time, I take care of east coast client projects in the morning since I am in Alaska. On rare occasions, I take the zoom session at 7, 6, or 5am.

The intent is to work normal hours as much as possible.

December 21, 2019

Rovira Business Services, LLC

Project Management (Remote)
πŸ™ 1 locations
🌎 1 countries
πŸ€“ 1-10 members