Chronomatic Barrier

Chronomatic Barrier to Effective Communication

Chronomatic is concerned with the treatment of time. The concept of time in conducting business entails schedules, deadlines and appointments but these matters vary from one individual, organization, country and culture to the other.

Chronomatic barriers refer to problems related with time, such as delay caused in receiving the message due to physical distance between the sender and the receiver, different time zones of the sender and receiver of the message, etc.

For example, people in Germany and the USA see time as way to plan the business day effectively, focusing on only one task during each scheduled period and viewing time as a limited commodity. However, executives from Latin America and Asia see time as being more flexible. Meeting a deadline is less important than building a relationship. For such employees, a workday is not expected to follow a rigid, pre-set schedule.