So, this week I’ve been thinking about sleep chronotypes and how these impact the modern workplace.
A chronotype is a person’s circadian typology or the individual differences in activity and alertness in the morning and evening
But more specifically, I’ve been thinking about how these could be leveraged for increased productivity and efficiency in teams - especially as we move increasingly towards the new future of work
or as some call it - async work
Even in our company, we’ve seen a shift in the number of international projects that we’ve taken on simply due to the fact that being located in the same geographical location as your HQ just doesn’t matter anymore.
Now with that in mind, imagine for a moment that during the recruitment process we identified which times of day people are more productive (i.e are they an early bear like me, or a night owl) and leverage this to better serve our customer around the world.
Using my current timezone (UTC+7) as an example, we could have an early bear like me continuing to handle most local and regional clients, whilst a night owl could come online in the late afternoon (sub-optimal productivity for early bears but peak productivity for night owls) and take care of projects in Europe and the U.S.