It’s going to be a little easier to get your colleagues and other contacts in Europe on the phone for the next few weeks.
On Sunday morning, the United States and Canada entered what is called Daylight Savings Time, or what other parts of the world term “summer time.” This means these parts of the world moved their clocks ahead one hour, where they will remain until the first Sunday in November.
Europe doesn’t make this change until March 29, which means that in the interim, you will be one hour closer together on the clock for the next three weeks. For example, London is only four hours ahead of New York for this three-week period.
If you work in a global company, like we do, it’s important to check your meeting schedule for these three weeks. If you have a standing meeting at a particular time each week, it may have switched by one hour on your calendar. But if your meeting is “owned” by a colleague in Europe, depending on your email and calendar software, that meeting may not have moved, and you may now have scheduling conflicts you need to work out.
But enough with the practical advice. Here’s the question, which seems to grow each year: Is there a point to Daylight Savings Time? Timeanddate.com is a great resource for world clocks and calendars, and notes that studies show an increase in heart attacks and road accidents the days after we spring forward. So be careful out there!