We are all aware of the regular shift, which is 8 to 5 or 9 to 6. These are the schedules we grew up seeing from today’s baby boomers work a few years ago. Times have passed and the trends have become very demanding. With the rise of the outsourcing industry, production has expanded from the said schedules all the way to 24-hour operations.
Hence, this situation was only solved by having 3 sets of schedules: morning, mid, and night shifts. Morning is seen as a good opportunity to have a “normal life” round the clock. On the other hand, working on a night shift seems to double the stress which is very hazardous to health.
Thus, we arrive on citing some reasons why working on mid-shifts is the most suitable schedule for today’s workforce. Here are some points to consider:
1. More time to sleep.
Though it can be observed as the same 8-hour duty, working on a mid-shift lets you have a few more hours to spare for sleep. Coincidently, this statement is also backed by Science. Professor Russell Foster, a neuroscientist from Oxford University, our brain doesn’t start functioning well until 10am or later in the afternoon.
2. Escape the “rush hour”.
You have to admit once in your life you that were a victim of a traffic jam. Whether you have your own car or you’re on the commuter’s side, there’s no exception to this problem. Things are much worse for the latter. You have to compete with a lot of employees desperate to hit the time. Why bother if you can let it finish before going to work? It does not mean that you will be excused from the traffic but you will be spared from early morning’s “royal rumble”.
3. Worry-free breaks.
The usual 8-to-5 schedule will also have the same time for lunch breaks. This only means one thing, crowded cafeterias. If you are working on a mid-shift, chances are your lunch break schedule will be around 4 to 5 in the afternoon. You are definitely going to change your schedule for eating but you will not undergo the stressful process of thinking what and where to eat (unless you’re preparing a packed lunch).
4. Less-hassle homebound trips.
The rush hour is not just happening in the morning. The “battle” also occurs around 5pm onwards. Letting the horde of employees diminish means you have a better change of taking a much comfortable ride home. Aside from that, the traffic won’t be that frustrating. Hence, your usual 2-hour travel can be cut in half, even more.
5. Stay up late.
Millenials are very fond of doing this. It could be because they are still playing video games, texting with someone, or browsing their timeline updates on their social networking sites. Whatever the reason may be, you can always find time to enjoy yourself without worrying of waking up early.
The mid-shift may not be conventional but you just need to look at the brighter side. With today’s fast-paced environment, it pays to maintain your stress levels as low as possible. It may have its advantage but it also have some disadvantages especially for those who like to party after work. With that being said, everything still depends on your preference.
Can you think of other reasons why mid-shift rocks? Or do you believe otherwise? Tell us your thoughts on the comments below!
** Author’s Bio: An old school music junkie, Roxel Gestiada loves to write blogs and articles while listening to slow rock, ballads, and OPM. He loves to watch local and foreign movies depending on the mood of the day and is a big fan of the NBA team, Boston Celtics. Follow the man through his blog.