So your company
has a noon time brownbag lunch meeting to brainstorm the new mission statement. If
you're a night shift worker, that meeting is in the middle of your REM sleep. While
you might be relieved to miss this particular meeting on mission statements, the
truth is, you do miss important meetings and opportunities that are standard fare
for workers on a regular day shift.
advancing one's career, continuing education, finding childcare--just staying alert--are
all hurdles for those who work the night shift. But some companies are addressing
the particular needs of those on the third shift. Here are some "best practices"
of companies who provide educational, recreational, and family-friendly opportunities
on a 24-hour basis.
A lot of
state employees in Illinois who work daytime shifts have been competing for nightshift
jobs! The reason: so they can take advantage of a joint union and state program that
pays for university classes.
olds at this company pre-school don't just learn their ABC's; they are learning foreign
languages, logging onto computers, and enjoying arts and music classes.
enough to fit continuing education into a night shift schedule, but in some industries
there are shifting shifts. This program solves the problem by having the classes
Video games, pool
tables, watching tv, exercise machines: these are all ways
to keep the night shift alert.
a single mother with four kids work the night shift, take classes, get her exercise,
and fit in a home-cooked meal? Simple -- she does it all in one place -- where she
done it under our desks. Or at least thought about doing it in the bathroom stall.
But find out who gets shut-eye on the job with the boss's approval.