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Why People Work Shifts Working round the clock on a well organised shift pattern can be fantastic for the staff as well as the company. There are many advantages to being on a shift pattern: More Days Off Many shift patterns require employees to work less than five shifts each week. On a 12 hour shift pattern employees would only need to work three shifts per week to do a 36-hour week. Even on an 8-hour shift pattern, employees can enjoy more days off than on an office-hours routine. Quality Time Off Whilst working shifts obviously impinges on evening, nights and weekends it also gives employees the opportunity to take any of the seven days per week off as their rest days. Days off can also be grouped together to achieve a whole week off without using up holidays. Less Queuing When working shifts, employees can have time off during the week and can enjoy their leisure time without the need to queue. Whether they wish to go to the bank, golf course, bowling alley, supermarket or a hundred other places, they can now go when there is no queue i.e. when the rest of us are stuck in an office. Extra Income As everyone knows, working on shifts attracts an additional payment, typically referred to as a Shift Allowance, but sometimes it is included in the salary (and then pensionable). This is often a substantial increase in pay without having to put in any extra hours. This additional payment gives employees a lot more spending money, which is the money they have left after paying all of the essential bills. Their spending money can easily be double that of a non shift worker on the same basic pay. Thus they can afford: a bigger house, a newer car, long haul holidays in better hotels and generally a few more of those little luxuries! Less Commuting Most shifts are arranged to start and finish outside of the “Rush Hour”. This means that shift workers spend a lot less time commuting to work and because they work less shifts a week than employees working office hours, they spend even less time on the train, or in their car. Working Shifts Shift working allows employees to work when they want to work, plenty of time for holidays, lots of extra money, a lot less commuting, and a larger nicer house. However there is a downside to shift working. Shift workers do have to work some shifts at nights and weekends. Shift working is also more fatiguing than office hours working; this is especially prevalent if working nights. Therefore it is important to have a shift pattern that minimises fatigue.
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