I saw an article in my local (ha! Tampa is not really local to me) paper asking for people to relate their stories about how they cope with the Graveyard Shift so one of their reporters could do a story on it. They seemed to want to hear from those currently working that shift. I'm retired so I figured I did not qualify.
Most of the years that I
There are pros and cons to working that shift. Let's go over them:
- You have all day off.
- There are fewer supervisors around.
- The atmosphere is more laid back.
- You get higher pay (I got 10% above Day Shift).
- The rest of the world is not on the Night Shift.
Supervisors simply assumed it was okay to call you with some trivial question that he (or she) thought important. I got a call one Tuesday afternoon about 2 from John, my supervisor, asking me if I wanted to work on Friday (my day off that week). I asked him if he needed my answer immediately, he said "No, just let him know in the morning." So I did. I called him at 4 AM and told him "No thanks, I don't want to work it." He got the point after I explained it to him when he showed up at the office 45 minutes later to chew me out. It seemed I had to train each supervisor separately, though.
- Sleeping during the daylight hours is difficult.
I learned quickly that my best sleeping time was between noon and 6 PM. Going to sleep right after I got home didn't work well, I was falling asleep the last two hours of my shift.
- Your family thinks you hibernate every day.
And they are right. The master bedroom was referred to as "The Cave" and the admonition was to never awaken the sleeping bear.
Still, I enjoyed that shift and volunteered for it at every opportunity. Which ought to give you an idea just how sick I am.