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I am a shift worker

I am a shift worker

I work over night and people tell me how lucky I am to have the whole day to do whatever I want.
My “weekend” is in the middle of the week and people tell me that they wish they had days off in the middle of the week.
I work evenings and I’m so lucky to get to sleep in every day or so people tell me.
I work early mornings and people tell me that I am so lucky to have so much free time when my work day ends so early.

I am a shift worker

I spend a lot of time alone as I am off work when most others are working. I cannot maintain a relationship. I am always tired as it is difficult to sleep when the neighbours are cutting their lawn or the phone keeps ringing. My health suffers as I try to live a normal life in abnormal circumstances. I miss a lot of things that go on as I am usually working when they happen. My family life is in a shambles as I haven’t the time to spend with them.

I am a shift worker

There are benefits to my work. I like my job and I can get things done like doing my shopping when businesses are in their downtimes. It also is easier to make appointments. Because I am a union worker I can take advantage of premium pay wages.

I am a shift worker

What is really difficult is trying to get people to understand. To understand that because I work nights, I have to sleep during the day. It’s not free time. To understand that having Tuesday and Wednesdays off is not on top of having Saturday and Sunday off. To understand that I still work as many hours as they do, just at unsociable times.

I am a shift worker

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