Daylight Saving—November 6th, 2011

The fall is a particularly busy time of year. The kids are back in school and a number of holidays command our attention and energy. With all of these changes going on, it’s a wonder anyone can keep track of all of these details. To add to the list of changes, there is one other event that occurs annually in early November that we mustn’t forget: the end of Daylight Saving Time. Below is an overview of Daylight Saving Time, and how Sapling synchronized clocks fit in.

What is Daylight Saving?

Daylight Saving is a period of time which moves one hour of daylight from the morning, when people are usually asleep or at home, to the evening, when many people are awake and traveling. This is accomplished through moving the clocks ahead one hour in the spring, and setting them back an hour in the fall (“Spring Forward, Fall Back”). In the United States, this period of adjustment begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Daylight Saving is thought to reduce electricity costs and help lessen the incidence of traffic accidents. While it is not mandatory, the majority of the United States practices DST, with the exception of Arizona, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

How does it affect you?

Daylight Saving can be a confusing time. It happens so infrequently that many people are not aware when the day is approaching, and some fail to change their clocks. This can result in a highly chaotic Monday. Imagine an office complex full of stand-alone clocks. Certain employees, namely the ones who remembered to re-set their clocks and arrive at work at the correct time, may have already changed the clocks in their office while hallway or lobby clocks remain unchanged. This can cause confusion as far as meeting times, breaks, or any other time-sensitive matter.

What can you do about it?

While it’s up to you to remember to change your bedside alarm clock during Daylight Saving Time, we at Sapling have the perfect solution for your post-DST office conundrums in our synchronized clock systems. With Sapling’s synchronized clocks, every individual clock in the system typically receives its time input from a master clock. Because of this, you will never have time discrepancies between your clocks such as the ones mentioned above. In addition, Sapling clocks have an automatic DST-adjustment feature, meaning that when the clock strikes 2am on Sunday, November 6th, every clock in the system will automatically revert back to one o’clock, without the need for manual adjustment.