Even just on the Eastern seaboard of Australia we have Queensland on a different timezone for half the year, and when you factor in Adelaide and Perth in Oz, and the couple of towns just across the water in New Zealand that we could potentially visit it means the "work day" for the company could become more like 12 or 14 hours instead of 8. Note, this doesn’t factor in those colleagues who might be in the US or Europe on business trips, and neither does it include the fact that a lot of us talk regularly with people in those regions too.
Worse – a while back I had a 2+ hour commute to the client I was working with. I would use the time on the way home to catch up on email or call colleagues to discuss opportunities or issues. But, when you work that out, it meant that if I did actually call, it would likely be smack in the middle of family time for them. Here I am, with an otherwise dead two hours.
So the question I have for you tonight is "how do we solve or get around this problem?" I’ve already agreed with Darren’s guideline, but how does that fit into such a scenario as I’ve described?
As an aside, look at the timestamps for my recent blog entries. They show the flexibility of the virtualised office – noon, 4.30 in the afternoon, 9.30 in the morning, then 1.30 in the morning, and finally 7.30 this evening. Working in a physical office to the beat of some corporate drum would mean that it would be unlikely that I would have posted half of these.