People need to work through the night for numerous reasons. In many industries, specifically in the Business Process Outsourcing or also called BPO companies, the night shift is a necessary part of their regular workday. They operate through the night to meet the demands of the market as their clients are mostly from different time zones.
Working the night shift can really be draining. It forces your body to operate on a schedule that goes against its natural circadian rhythms. It affects you in every way possible, may it be physical, mental, and/or emotional. And even your normal life. And here are the things that night shift employees don’t really tell you.
Night shift employees purposefully ignore messages. But It is not because they don’t care about you. But rather, it is because they barely have the energy to communicate, especially in the morning when they are about to sleep. Just like everyone else, they also need rest. And to be able to rest includes not responding to messages.
Missed important events
The guilt of not being able to attend important events is real. Night shift workers have mostly missed a lot of important events such as family occasions, birthdays, and any other celebrations as it is not in line with their work schedule. Their mind and body are awake at night and it barely manages to attend such occasions right after or even a few hours after their work. Sleep is really an essential thing for night shift employees to survive their upside-down world.
Limited time for catch-ups
Night shift workers barely have time to catch up. And it’s not because they don’t want to, but because they have limited time for it. Unlike most people, their day starts in the evening and ends in the morning, which is exactly the opposite from the ones who have a normal work shift. And that’s the reason why catching up is not on their list, as just like what was mentioned, resting and sleeping are the first things that they need to prioritize over anything.
Working the night shift isn’t really that hard. What’s difficult are the consequences that come along with it and the relationship it takes away. This is why understanding them would really mean a lot.
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