The 24-Hour Work Day

By Deane Barker on May 9, 2005

It’s a never-ending day in office: 10 p.m. and you think you’re leaving? Get back to work, you slacker.

Instead of gathering the few remaining souls from their cubicles, three managers move into a conference room to dial India, where engineers 12-1/2 time zones ahead are just arriving in Hyderabad.

As colleagues on opposite sides of the globe discuss circuit board configurations and debugging strategies for a project code-named “Doppelganger,” it’s just the start of another endless day for the company. Within 12 hours, Indian workers will end their day with calls and e-mails to California, where managers in the Santa Clara headquarters will just be waking up.