Have you ever considered working nights? The night shift, sometimes referred to as the third shift or the graveyard shift, offers some advantages to people who can adjust their schedules to working overnight hours such as 10 pm-6 am or 11 pm-7 am.
Here in Eastern Iowa, a number of manufacturers, warehouses, food companies, and of course, hospitals, care facilities, and security companies, need workers on the job 24/7. Those employers are always on the lookout for hard workers who can buckle down and get the job done on overnight shifts. Before you rule out applying for a night job, consider some of the benefits of working the night shift.
The financial incentives of working night shifts probably rank at the top of the benefits list. It can be challenging to find workers who will modify their lifestyle to the hours required for night jobs, so employers offer increased pay, if not bonuses, to people who work nights.
When you work the night shift, you can realize improvements in your productivity, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, working nights free up daytime hours in unique ways. You can do a number of things with this freedom, such as running errands that can only be done during the day or spending time with the kids at the park before your shift. You can choose to go to the bank, post office, and store in the mornings when it is less busy. Or, shift your awake time to the afternoons, and spend time with family and friends or attend classes at a local college.
As for work productivity, night shifts sometimes provide a quieter, less hectic time at the workplace. With fewer meetings and people on the floor, you may be able to get more done. In healthcare, mornings may be especially busy times, while things tend to calm down considerably after dark. Not every type of job is slower and quieter at night, but those that are can open the door to greater productivity.
Less Drive Time
By the time you’d be heading to a third shift job, the majority of the evening traffic will have tapered off. This could save you on drive time, and saving on time in the car means you use less gas. In addition to saving money on your commute, you also avoid the stress of driving during rush hour. If you don’t like to drive, this could be a huge relief.
Fewer Work Distractions
The third shift usually has fewer people, meetings, disruption, and chatter. If you are more introverted, you will likely find the night shift less distracting. It may also reduce the anxiety you might get at work from too much social interaction. If you like working independently, keep the night shift open as an option for future jobs.
Night workers are essential to the success of healthcare, manufacturing and food production, and other industries. Night jobs may include cleaning, receiving, stocking, production, caregiving, baking, and more. As such, people who work overnight shifts can become some of the most valued employees at a company. If you want to be an important part of the supply chain or the health of others, work the night shift. You may enjoy greater job security, as well.
Opportunities to Learn
The opportunities to learn more could be greater on the night shift, so if you are new to a job or career, it could be a good way to increase your knowledge and skills. With less competition for positions, it could open up more opportunities for you to take your career to the next level.
In addition, you will have less competition for opportunities that arise. Night shift jobs may help your quality, on-time work stand out from that of others. When supervisory positions arise at night, you might just find yourself at the top of the list and on your way to working the day shift if that aligns with your goals.
Consider night shift jobs if you want to earn more and experience a different work environment. While you will have to adjust to a new sleep schedule and lifestyle, the benefits of working the night shift may be worth it for you.