365x24x7 (sleep patterns)
vinny at abellohome.net
Fri Apr 15 17:24:45 UTC 2011
In a past work life, there was a short experimental run where it was
believed that the company I worked for could achieve 24/7 coverage
through individuals being on-call throughout the entire weekend AND
doing overnight maintenance during the week in 12 hour daily shifts from
8PM to 8AM. Needless to say, coming from a daytime schedule one week,
covering all pages on a weekend which prevented you from getting much
sleep, working 5 12 hour shifts in the following week on shortened sleep
cycles (over 100 hours in total with the on-call and 12 hour shifts),
then switching back to daytime hours the next week took a toll on me
rather quickly. I think we got an extra week day off in there somewhere
to recover the following week, but it was basically like running a
person into the ground until they were almost dead, then letting them
recover while the same thing was done to the next person. There were
only 4 people to abuse like this at the time so it happened once a
month. Luckily everyone came to their senses and realized this wasn't
sustainable and it didn't last for more than a few months total.
Moral of the story, don't do this to people unless you're into torture.
On Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:53:47 -0500, Chad Dailey wrote:
> +1. I'd go to six months, having been the night shift bitch.
> shifts around damn near killed me.
> On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM, Mark Green <ktm200exc at hotmail.com>
>> Suggestion; once on the 'night shift' stay put for at least three
>> Sleep patterns take time to adjust. Jumping between day and night
>> will burn out even the most motivated employee.
>> Mark Green
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