Whose time is it anyway?

This department head is always the last one to arrive at the many meetings she attends -- and that's making other attendees unhappy, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

"She also organizes and emcees perhaps half of the meetings," fish says, "but she's always the last one in the room even as meeting organizer. Some hubbub was made to be on time for meetings, so being late would result in receiving the frowning of a lifetime.

"But it turns out there's a reason: There is a discrepancy between the time being displayed on computers, which comes from the Internet, and the time displayed on the desk phones, which comes from a computer with a pre-Windows-XP OS that several times a year has to be manually set to the correct time.

"The department head had to request that the IT department send out a memo asking folks to not trust the time on the desk phone, but base their punctuality on the time displayed in the system tray of their computers -- or look at their cell phones, smartphones or watches -- so everybody would be on time and the early birds wouldn't continue to think that being on time is being late."

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