What Is Shift Work?

Shift work, also known as rotation work, is the organization of working hours in which employees or teams take turns filling different shifts in a predefined rotation order.

What Are the Effects and Consequences of Shift Work?

Shift work sometimes involves working atypical hours, sometimes evenings or nights. This means that it can entail risks for workers, such as:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Adverse effects on the digestive and cardiovascular systems
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety and risk of depression
  • Disruption of social and personal life

What Are the Advantages of Shift Work?

Shift work gives employees more time within the more typical working hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Shift work also usually comes with enhanced salary compensation.

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