Mark Foster blakjak at blakjak.net
Fri Apr 22 02:48:16 UTC 2011

On Fri, April 22, 2011 1:38 pm, Jeffrey Lyon wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM, Jeroen van Aart <jeroen at mompl.net> wrote:
>> Bill Stewart wrote:
>>> Rotating shifts between daytime and nighttime is a horrible thing to
>>> do to your workers, both for their health and their attention span.
>> I Fully agree.
>> I think it may pay off to search for people who suffer "Delayed sleep
>> phase
>> syndrome" to do night shift. They'll be happy and you'll actually have
>> someone who is more awake and alert than the average person at that time
>> of
>> day.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_sleep_phase_syndrome
>> I think the IT world has a more than average incidence of people with
>> this
>> particular syndrome, at least in my experience.
>> Of course in practice you would want to word your vacancy in such a way
>> it
>> doesn't sound silly. But I think it could be worth it to put an emphasis
>> on
>> it.
> I'd just go with "people who really enjoy energy drinks."

Many of you folks actually worked Nightshift for any duration?
Most folks I know working in shifts are either IT folks or Emergency
Services folks.  Both groups recognise the value of actually having
conventional working hours, at least for part of the time.
Folks on permanent night-shift risk becoming isolated from a good chunk of
society and I would expect to see some churn over time.

One watch centre I worked with used to run a 3 week rotation of days,
'lates' and 'overnights' which averaged out to 40hrs/week during the
course of the year.

Another used something similar to the 2days-2nights-4off model I mentioned

The remainder split the overnight work into weeknights and weekends, and
tended to attract students for the weekend shifts.


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