Do you work night shifts? If you do then you are just one of over three million other people within Britain and there has been a steady rise in recent years which according to statistics, is at an all time high. Additionally, four million people work different shift patterns which may well include commencing what we may consider very early or very late - working well into the twilight hours. Twilight hours are so called as twilight is the specific time before the sun rises or sets when it remains partially or totally dark depending on whether the day is starting or coming to a close.
Love them or hate them, around one in nine of us will find ourselves working a night shift at some time in our working lives. Of course, as most of us wind down for the evening and anticipate a hopefully undisturbed and relaxing sleep after a busy day, there are countless others who are just starting their shift - at night. Ultimately, night shifts are either a necessity or a preference and what works for one will not always work for another.
There are certain rules in place to protect night workers, just as day workers are protected by similar rules and regulations. For example, night workers are not allowed to work more than an average of eight hours during a period of twenty four hours.
Research shows that the different sectors of care work employ the highest number of night shift workers and although many males work night shifts in the care industry, there are currently many more women doing so.
So what are the benefits of working the night shift? Well, that depends upon the individual but a small sample of common influencing factors are the following.
Enhanced pay in comparison to day shift workers. Some day shift workers may need to do extra hours to top up their salary whereas night shift workers may be - but not always - on a higher rate of pay.
Child care and family loyalties. Some people, especially those with children and other family commitments find that by working a night shift they are in a better position to maintain a healthy work - life balance. They can manage their family lives with minimal upheaval, taking into account childcare, schooling and all the other scenarios that encompass busy family lives.
More time. If planned well, many people find that a carefully planned routine or structure to their day can be extremely beneficial thus allowing themselves more time in which to do whatever it is that they need to do. This ultimately gives them more freedom on their designated days off.
Night shifts can be quieter and less crowded which some workers find suits them better and someone who becomes more productive without distractions, may find this a suitable option.
Some people are just night owls and enjoy working through the night, especially when you take into consideration that a large percentage of the UK population suffer from insomnia or a disturbed sleeping pattern on a regular basis.
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