In the engineering sector, shift work is commonplace. It may not be your cup of tea, but at CK we’ve put together some of the reasons why shift work is something you should think about doing given the chance.
Firstly, shift work allows you to have a greater degree of work/life balance. You can spread out your working hours, giving you the chance to spend more time with the family, whilst also allowing you to do tasks normally restricted to working hours, such as going to the bank. However, you might occasionally need to work on weekends, slightly restricting time that could be spent with your family.
Shift allowance is another benefit, giving you a percentage of your base wage on top of said wage. This percentage can be up to a third of you original wage, which is obviously beneficial, and can help with mortgage payments or paying for something big like a new car.
Working on shifts can give you a greater amount of responsibility. This is because, when working on late or night shifts, the teams are usually smaller, so you would be expected to do more. You will be better respected within your work and having more responsibility never looks bad on a CV.
In addition to the social benefits, shift work means that you will be outside of the usual 9 to 5 routine, and so at the very least you will avoid the traffic, something which may well reduce significant amounts of stress from your day. Something to be aware of, however, is that it may be difficult for some people to adjust to shift work. It can be difficult to establish for yourself a daily cycle that includes sleeping in the day and working through the night. In addition to this, it is necessary to be strict with your food and vitamin intake, as working at on shifts means that a normal routine can easily be disrupted.
So whilst shift work has its benefits it is not necessarily for everyone due to the disruption it can cause to eating patterns and potentially your family time. If you can successfully plan your shifts and adjust to the new daily cycle, it is rewarding work financially, socially and for your career.