Learning to cope with International Assigments

Learning to cope with International Assigments

Learning to cope with International Assigments

Assume you are a virtual assistant working from your home. As part of your job, you schedule webcasts, online chats, and teleconference calls for businesspeople who are conducting business around the world.

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YOUR TASK. To broaden your knowledge of time zones, respond to the following:

1. What does the abbreviation UTC indicate? (Use Google and search for UTC defintion).

2. Internationally, time is shown with a 24-hour clock (sometimes called “military time”). What time does 13.00 indicate? (Use Google; search for 24-hour clock.) How is a 12-hour clock different from a 24-hour clock? What which are you most familiar?

3. You must schedule a teleconference for a businessperson in Indianapolis, Indiana, who wants to talk to a person is Osaka, Japan. What are the best business hours (between 8 and 5) for them to talk? (Many web sites provide time zone converters. For example, try http://www.timeanddate.com. Click Meeting Planner. Follow the instructions for selecting a day and locations.)

4. What are the best business hours for an online chat between an executive in Atlanta and a vendor in Singapore?