While shift work can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to working late or have an unreliable schedule, there are some distinct advantages to working a 3rd shift position. Frankly though, when thinking about working graveyard, it’s hard to look beyond the negatives. Even the term “graveyard shift” does little to sell it. But there are some surprising benefits to working a different shift than many other employees. Here are five advantages of working a night shift that you might not have considered initially, but which just might sway your decision making.
The most obvious advantage to working the night shift may just be the biggest advantage, the financial incentives. To find skilled workers to cover the late shift, many employers are willing to make it worthwhile both in terms of hourly pay and benefit packages.
If you are working the night shift, you are driving in when everyone else is already at home. The reduction in time spent in traffic is a genuine benefit to working the third shift. 3rd shift commutes are generally smoother, quicker, and overall less stressful. If you are not willing to spend hours of your week sitting in your car, the night shift might be a great fit for you.
More Daylight Free Time
The obvious change to your lifestyle due to working graveyard will be to your sleep timings. Plan for it and be strict with yourself, otherwise you do risk burnout on the job. But if you are thoughtful about how you adjust your sleep patterns, you can make great use of your resting daylight hours. It takes discipline, but with the proper planning and acknowledgement that this is your new routine, you can make sure you are balancing both your work and your rest needs and getting some very nice free time during the day.
Getting More Done
The third shift is understandably a quieter shift than the others. There are less meetings to attend during the night shift. There are fewer people to interact with because there is rarely a full crew staffed on the third shift. Frankly, quieter shifts mean less disruptions, less distractions, and more getting things done.
More High-Value Social Interactions
This might seem a little counter intuitive, as it can be difficult to maintain a robust social life when you are regularly working the night shift. But the interactions you do have are ones that you prioritize and are therefore more likely to be an important part of your health and wellness. This actually helps you to focus instead on the most high-value social interactions you have in your life, such as spending the time you need with your family, with your kids, with your closest and most supportive friends. Because you are making those interactions more of a priority, you will be getting more out of the relationships on a daily basis.
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