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Can corps capitalize on members 12 timezones away?

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The Larold
This is an anagram of itself.
#1 - 2016-01-03 21:48:22 UTC
I have always wondered something. Let's say a corp in a particular timezone brings in a member who is 10-12 hours ahead / behind in timezone. Furthermore, let's assume that this lone member is in a timezone where generally the fewest pilots are logged in and active.

Assuming that new corp member had the required interest and skills, what kinds of activities could he/she be asked to perform that would capitalize on this big difference and the fact they're logged in during non-primetime hours?
Ralph King-Griffin
New Eden Tech Support
#2 - 2016-01-03 21:59:21 UTC
depends on what the corp is involved in.

we have a couple of pilots who prefer to work solo and happen to be "off peak" hours,
its nice to check the killboard in the morning and see someone has been gleefully murdering away whilst you were asleep.
ergherhdfgh
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#3 - 2016-01-03 23:13:29 UTC
The corp that my "main" is in is located in provi. We are a non-sov holding corp that is active in the region and have access to regional defense fleets.

Our recruiter is 12 hours off from us timezone wise. He is the only one in the corp on that TZ ( as we are a small corp ). I talk to him twice a day and each time one of us is having coffee while the other is getting ready for bed. He is very involved in corp stuff and a very active and appreciated member of our corp.

What your corp does and what kind of things that you like to do will greatly affect what kinds of things that you can do and be productive in the corp.

However, as with most things in Eve, if there is a will then you will find a way.

In our situation he has various other's through the regional cooperative efforts that he can do things with but also does some solo exploration while the rest of us are sleeping.

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Cara Forelli
State War Academy
Caldari State
#4 - 2016-01-04 21:06:03 UTC  |  Edited by: Cara Forelli
If you are asking because you plan to join a corp that doesn't operate in your timezone, don't. You join a corp to do things with them, even if it's just chatting while you fly around solo. What's the point of being part of a corp you never have the chance to speak to?

If you're asking as a recruiter, the answer is there is very little they can offer the corp and vice versa if they are truly alone in their timezone. Building up a new timezone from scratch is always a big challenge for corps trying to cover them all. By the time you are able to attract a new member to that timezone, the first one you found is sick of playing by themselves and has moved on. You end up with a revolving door of less-than-critical-numbers in that timezone.

The Larold wrote:
Assuming that new corp member had the required interest and skills, what kinds of activities could he/she be asked to perform that would capitalize on this big difference and the fact they're logged in during non-primetime hours?

From the way you phrase this, you seem to believe corporations are like "businesses" where people do jobs etc. That's a pretty common mindset for new players and it's often reinforced by bad corps in highsec that don't really care about you or what is good for you. Good corporations operate more like a club. You're with them because you like them and you want to do things together that you enjoy, not because someone is taking advantage of you to squeeze out some more isk for themselves (even if it benefits you as well).

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The Larold
This is an anagram of itself.
#5 - 2016-01-07 05:30:01 UTC
Cara Forelli wrote:
If you are asking because you plan to join a corp that doesn't operate in your timezone, don't. You join a corp to do things with them, even if it's just chatting while you fly around solo. What's the point of being part of a corp you never have the chance to speak to?

If you're asking as a recruiter, the answer is there is very little they can offer the corp and vice versa if they are truly alone in their timezone. Building up a new timezone from scratch is always a big challenge for corps trying to cover them all. By the time you are able to attract a new member to that timezone, the first one you found is sick of playing by themselves and has moved on. You end up with a revolving door of less-than-critical-numbers in that timezone.

The Larold wrote:
Assuming that new corp member had the required interest and skills, what kinds of activities could he/she be asked to perform that would capitalize on this big difference and the fact they're logged in during non-primetime hours?

From the way you phrase this, you seem to believe corporations are like "businesses" where people do jobs etc. That's a pretty common mindset for new players and it's often reinforced by bad corps in highsec that don't really care about you or what is good for you. Good corporations operate more like a club. You're with them because you like them and you want to do things together that you enjoy, not because someone is taking advantage of you to squeeze out some more isk for themselves (even if it benefits you as well).


I'm not asking as a recruiter, a new player, or as someone looking to join a different-TZ corp.

I'm simply asking out of intellectual curiosity. What I am wondering is if there have been clever things done by corps to capitalize on the fact they've got a small contingent (possibly only one) of players in a way-off TZ.
Vimsy Vortis
Shoulda Checked Local
Break-A-Wish Foundation
#6 - 2016-01-07 06:09:21 UTC  |  Edited by: Vimsy Vortis
When someone sets their POCOs, or other structure to come out of reinforced mode in EU TZ just to be annoying, even though they don't actually intend to defend them it is helpful to have EU players to go and blow them up.

If your corp has any kind of persistent activity going on it's valuable to have people around in all timezones to monitor it and respond to emergencies.

It's like having a night shift.