How Shiftwork Has Changed

Over the years, the workforce has changed. New professions have come into the mainstream while outdated professions have disappeared (rest in peace, beeper salesperson). Shiftwork has changed, too, forcing people who work off-hour jobs to adapt.

But, what are these changes? How is shiftwork different than it used to be? There’s probably more traffic on the way to your job, for one thing. And it’s also changed in the following ways:

Your place of employment

Some places known for shiftwork will never go out of business – hospitals, for instance, are here to stay. Yet other places are long gone. Remember when working at Blockbuster was the hottest gig on the block? Yeah, neither do we.

Your ability to play hooky

Playing hooky from work used to be easy – all it required was feigning a cough and leaving a raspy voicemail. Nowadays, it takes much more planning. This is due to social media; calling in sick and then posting a picture of yourself at the local beer fest might land you in hot water. Did you forget that you and your boss were Facebook friends? 

Asking people to cover for you

Once upon a time, you had to ask people to cover for you by talking to them – talking! In the modern era, there are a million ways to ask someone to take your shift. You can email, Facebook, tweet, Snapchat, or text a poem as to why they should agree – “Roses are red, violets or blue, cover for me and I’ll cover for you!”

More distractions from sleep

It’s not merely Las Vegas that never sleeps – it’s the entire planet. Technology has altered our perception of quiet time; essentially, there is none. From the 24-hour news cycle to the ability to FaceTime with friends living in Australia, we sleep less than ever before. You don’t get adequate rest before your shift because you were up all night catering to very important matters, like binge watching season 2 of Orange Is the New Black.

The work/life balance

The importance of balance is a relatively new idea – decades ago, things like yoga, mindfulness, and mental health days weren’t well-practiced concepts. The present workforce is much more attuned to the fact that happy, harmonious people make more productive workers.

These reasons are why a liberal shift-sharing policy favors the employee and the employer. It fosters a healthy environment where staff don’t show up merely for the paycheck; they also show up to make a difference.

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