Offshoring Creates 24-Hour Days

Posted on May 11, 2005

An article called "Sleepless in Silicon Valley" from NBC News reports that offshoring is already changing things in Silicon Valley and its not just lost jobs for U.S. citizens. The change has made the production schedule shift to a 24-hour period. Just as U.S. workers end their work day the time clock is just being punched in India or Pakistan. In some cases teams of software engineers are passing products back and forth or one team is error checking and another doing research, etc.

Jeff Hawkey, vice president of hardware engineering at PortalPlayer, tells NBC News, "We keep passing the baton between California and India, and that way we can cram a lot more work into a 24-hour period. A lot of nights, I go home, tuck the kids into bed and then get on the conference call."

This is the future. People working at all hours of the day, seven days a week with co-workers on the other side of the ocean.