Monday, September 08, 2008
South Australia is thirteen-and-a-half hours ahead of US Eastern time. This has made it difficult to provide support from home, as they work while we sleep and vice versa.
We came up with a solution: the people in the States will be working from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM, which is 4:30 AM to 12:30 AM in Adelaide. The people in Australia will show up at 7:00 AM their time (which is the earliest they are allowed into the building), giving us a few hours of overlapping duty.
So, this week I get to see my wife and stepson for just a few minutes each morning (as they prepare for school/work) and each evening (when I get home around midnight). That stinks, but I guess it's better than traveling to Australia myself.
(I know some people will chime in and say "Oh, you've got to go to Australia! It's wonderful!" You people obviously aren't IT workers. If I go to Australia for this project, all I will get to see is the airport, the hotel, and the basement where they keep the computers. Sightseeing is for people in Business Development.)
My wife works for the government and they recently introduced a new computer system that is 100% capable of letting her virtually work from home (with the exception of the need to drop off physical paperwork once or twice a week) yet she still needs to drive to an office and sit in a cube answering the phones from there, instead of at home.
The government touts all their "Green initiatives" and crows about how they're trying to reduce carbon emissions, and then requires 200 people (with probably close to 1 car per person) to gather in an office for 8 hours every day instead of working from home and setting a good example.
I often envy web developers. Just FTP your stuff to a server somewhere and you're done...