Shift Work and Public Holidays

2018-12-04T14:37:24+00:00

If there is one thing that unites all workers around the world it’s the joy of a public holiday! Everybody Loves A Public Holiday! Most countries in the world have public holidays. The days themselves vary, but in many countries, workers can enjoy several extra days off throughout the year. India and Columbia top the billing, both having 18 public holidays a year. Mexico has one of the lowest, with just 7. Luckily, the latest updates of My Shift Planner include built in public holidays for a wide range of countries. We will be adding more in the future, as well. It [...]

Shift Work and Public Holidays2018-12-04T14:37:24+00:00

Are You Putting It Off? Procrastination is a significant problem for many shift workers

2018-03-22T12:34:21+00:00

Find yourself constantly procrastinating at work? According to the latest studies, it might not be all your fault! Putting it off? You’re not alone Who doesn’t occasionally procrastinate at work? Most of us have an inbuilt suspicion of those fellow workers who always finish every task on time and never seem to fall behind. We all know the type – never delays an unpleasant duty, works through everything annoying quickly and always hits every target they are given.   via GIPHY   For the rest of us mortals who wish we could be like that, the reality is far more frustrating [...]

Are You Putting It Off? Procrastination is a significant problem for many shift workers2018-03-22T12:34:21+00:00

More Christmas Shift Workers Than Ever This Year

2017-11-23T14:10:07+00:00

It’s Black Friday Week - Which means that more and more people are being employed in part time shift work as retailers gear up for the busiest time of the year.   More Christmas Workers This year. More people working that ever over Christmas season. Back in September, UK Retailer Argos announced that it was employing more than 10,000 extra temporary workers to cope with the annual surge of Christmas business, and Argos is just a drop in the ocean compared to some online retailers, such as Amazon. It’s not only retailers who will be increasing Christmas shifts. In recent years there [...]

More Christmas Shift Workers Than Ever This Year2017-11-23T14:10:07+00:00

New to Shift Work? Here’s some tips for surviving the slog

2017-10-09T14:31:58+00:00

Starting a new job is daunting – a new shift work job is doubly so!   Not only have you got new work to get used to, you also have to cope with odd sleeping hours, eating in the middle of the night, different working conditions and getting to grips with a complex shift pattern. (There’s a great app to help with that!) Shift work takes getting used to, and it can have quite an effect on your health and lifestyle.   Put off doing shift work yet? Don’t be ... Plenty of jobs and careers require shift work, and the good [...]

New to Shift Work? Here’s some tips for surviving the slog2017-10-09T14:31:58+00:00

Shift work is ruining my home life! Are you affected by the Spill-Over effect?

2017-09-16T13:51:31+00:00

Occupational Psychology PhD student, Naomi Booth Wade looks at the Spill-Over-Effect –  the facts figures and reasons why shift working can seriously affect your home life. Bringing work stress home with you? Welcome to the Spill-Over-Effect! Shift work is tough. Not only can shift work hours be unsociable, they can be stressful and when it's stressful at work, it gets stressful at home as well. In fact, 64% of shift workers with children, 58% of shift workers who were divorced, 45% of shift workers who were married, and 25% of shift workers who were single all reported that their work influenced the [...]

Shift work is ruining my home life! Are you affected by the Spill-Over effect?2017-09-16T13:51:31+00:00

Can you maintain a social and family life when you do shift work?

2017-09-16T13:48:55+00:00

Social life and shift work - Is it possible to maintain the two? All shift workers know what it is like to be out of sync with normal life. Family and friends seem to be able to plan activities without a worry, and they want to include you, but you are too busy sleeping or working to join in to the fullest extent. Trying to maintain family life, or any kind of social life becomes nearly impossible and the results can be painful, including any of the following. 1. Isolation The feeling of social isolation/loneliness is common for shift workers. It [...]

Can you maintain a social and family life when you do shift work?2017-09-16T13:48:55+00:00

Thinking of taking a job that involves shift work, night shifts or extraordinary hours? Here’s some things to look out for.

2017-09-16T13:46:09+00:00

Going into shift work? Good luck! It can be a tough working experience, with long shifts, alternating patterns and unsociable hours. It's no wonder that so many shift workers end up with bad health and bad habits! It may be that your career path will always involve shift work, or maybe it’s a lifestyle choice that is taken to suit your circumstances. Or perhaps shift work is just the only work out there. Whatever you reason, there are some basic employee rights to be aware of and some  expectations your employer should make clear. These rights extend to the UK but [...]

Thinking of taking a job that involves shift work, night shifts or extraordinary hours? Here’s some things to look out for.2017-09-16T13:46:09+00:00

Coping with Shift Work Stress

2018-11-30T14:58:16+00:00

Work can be stressful. Shift work can be very stressful. But what is stress, and how can you cope with it? We asked Occupational Psychology Student, Naomi Booth Wade to tell us about the common causes of work stress. And how shift workers can build up ways to manage and cope with stress. What is stress? According the the official definitions, stress is a response to situations in our lives. Typically, these are situations that cause nerves or anxiety. They are times when we feel as though the demands on us are beyond our normal experience. Situations that cause us stress might be [...]

Coping with Shift Work Stress2018-11-30T14:58:16+00:00

How Do You Survive the Night Shift?

2018-11-28T16:00:53+00:00

Night shifts, night shifts, night shifts. Does anybody like them? Really? There’s plenty of advice available from colleagues (and the internet) for getting through a night shift. But is any of it any good? Or will nightshift working see you slowly descend into the inevitable spiral of insanity? Here’s some of the best, and worst advice, for surviving the dreaded nightshift. Get an Adequate Amount of Sleep “Working at night interrupts your natural sleep pattern,” says Fran Laukaitis, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, USA. She suggests night shift nurses take measures to create an environment conducive [...]

How Do You Survive the Night Shift?2018-11-28T16:00:53+00:00

Nightshift Work in Midsummer. How do you Manage to Sleep in the Heat?

2018-11-29T16:40:34+00:00

It’s mid summer, on this side of the world. That means long, hot days of sitting in sun, sipping iced drinks, maybe a cold beer, and enjoying the glorious summer sunshine ... if you’re lucky! But what about nightshift workers? For a large group of shift workers, long hot sunny days are the last thing they need!. Trying to sleep on long hot days is a nightmare! Some of our users have been talking about it on social media. And it's clear that some parts of the world have it worse than others. As our Facebook user Warren Flay told us [...]

Nightshift Work in Midsummer. How do you Manage to Sleep in the Heat?2018-11-29T16:40:34+00:00