Shiftwork: Don't do it

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Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby warthog1 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:06 pm

I have no other strings to my bow so I'm stuck doing it for a few years yet.
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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Nobody » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:19 pm

Thanks for posting. I'll probably forward it on to my colleagues.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:38 pm

I've experienced that firsthand doing 11pm-5am shifts at a servo, the physical and mental effects of that were truly horrible. Never again.
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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby DavidS » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:06 am

Many years ago I was a tram driver and worked shifts. Glad I did it when I was young, it ain't real healthy and you get very tired. You also find out just how much the world is organised around those who work 9-5, bit hard getting to a sports game or going to see a band when you have a shift every afternoon and evening from Wed to Sunday, not to mention school events or taking kids to sport or whatever.

This is what really gets me when politicians talk about how we shouldn't pay penalty rates. They have no idea, maybe the pollies who want this should be forced to work rotating shifts for 6 months and see how it affects them.


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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:33 am

Great video. My dad has Alzheimer's, he never did shift work but he was never renowned for his ability to stay asleep! The cancer risk is something that I was completely unaware of.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby defy1 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:03 am

Used to do shift work many years ago, 1 week every month it was a 11pm-7am shift. Absolutely killer having to change your body clock like this. I read an article how bad this is for your health and is on par to smoking, and it also ages you faster and lowers your life expectancy. Glad I quit the job after a couple of years.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby rodneycc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:50 am

Afternoon shift wasn't too bad when I was younger but night shift was a killer for me too!. My first real job at the Anz bank in the city had 3 shifts. Travel was long also about an hour and a half one way so on the night shift all I would do was eat sleep and go to work and pretty much nothing in between. Only lasted 6 months before I got another job at Deakin Uni ( Victoria College back then) with just day and afternoon shift (to 11pm) until they phased the afternoon shift out (which I was getting to an age where I was kind of glad about).

My father was a factory worker working shift work all his life ( 6pm to 6am night shift for a lot of it). And he is fit and still kicking along at 82yo! I really don't know how he did it.

Edit: Was really interesting back then to see the city (Melb) around the clock throughout the week. The way it almost transformed itself on Fridays ( different vibe altogether) through until Sunday and then Sunday night things would slowly get back to normal ready for the working week. Just interesting.
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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby fat and old » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:23 am

I've done lots of shift work, and know a lot of people who do so. In my case, the worst was when we running 3 rotating shifts here around the clock. I averaged 2-3 hrs sleep per day, and had Saturday night off. That was it, for 3 years. I almost killed myself; not being able to control my diet, sleep or stimulants brought me undone in a big way (this was solely my fault and choice. Nobody makes you do these things). This has been my observation in many cases. People who can truly structure their life around their shift seem to have few if any problems, people who cant do. Typically single, or with very young children types cope best. Those with limited social lives or networks likewise. People who can leave the job behind at the end of the day (increasingly harder with our modern "connected at all times" attitudes). I'm sure there's a grouping of people who see this as the evil employer incarnate....did anyone mention greens or left labor......but they have no answers themselves and typically depend on large sacrifices from their staff/public servants to get their job done and or look good.

9-5, 5 days a week and some Saturday O/T (7-3.30 for the manual guys/girls) is a thing of a past. We must welcome our new technological globalist leaders and embrace the smart economy! It's not their fault. Blame Tim Berners-Lee, Paul Kunz and the rest of the WWW team. Now you white collar people know what it's been like for the rest of us since society decided to take responsibilty for all. Blame all of you who want to ride/drive around during the day without those pesky roadworks messing you up. Blame yourselves for wanting public transport 24/7. Water, electricity and sewerage 24/7. EMS 24/7. And so on. :P

But yeah, shift work sucks. Thank you to those who take it on and provide me with a superior standard of living.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Tim » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:54 am

Been there. Done that.
5 years at sea working commercial fishing as a deckhand. Insane hours.
2 hours on deck winching, sorting, iceing and packing, 2 hours rest whilst trawling. This process could run for 5 days. Never more than 2 hours sleep at a grab. Try sleeping in a rough sea on a smelly, noisy and dirty fishing boat.
Other fisheries such as deep Bass Straight scalloping typically between 24 to 36 hours of continuous sorting, bagging, storing, heavy physical work with little more than a 10 minute break. A nightmare. I experienced auditory and visual hallucinations (no drugs) on one trip, just absolute exhaustion and sleep deprivation.
Local (Lakes Entrance) fishing usually entailed a 2.00am departure from home, steaming out to the fishing grounds, set-up gear, start trawling on dawn, work till nightfall, return to port, unload, go home around 8-9.00 pm, rinse and repeat for as long as the weather held out, sometimes weeks on end.
The mental and physical fatigue was constant, even after 12 hours catch-up sleep, and just became a "normal" state of being you learnt to live with but never really adapted to.
For a change of pace (I thought) I moved up to the Vic Alps and trained as a paid DSE (bush) firefighter.
That was worse than fishing. 2003 saw the first of a succession of the massive, campaign style large scale mega fires that ran for months on end.
Combine minimum 12 hour shifts rotating day/night, physically enduring work, fear and adrenaline, things came to a head around 2008.
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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Top_Bhoy » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:50 pm

In my late 20's I did almost 3.5 years on a weekly rotation of night/back/early (excluding weekend day shift overtime). The back and early shifts were fine but unless I was very busy throughout the nightshift (technical support to production lines), I nodded off too easily. Driving home in the morning, I found I'd have to stop in at a service station for a quick 15 minutes rest.

The money was pretty good and I could deal with the lifestyle it imposed but eventually I had to call a halt to it and get out such was the demands on my health where I felt in a constant state of fatigue. Now in my early 50's I haven't forgotten that period in my career and those who do rotating shifts have my total empathy.

I agree with DavidS and pollies not having a clue of what's involved when cutting penalty rates.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Cheesewheel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:32 pm

Another contender :cry: ... althy-life

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Farmer Elvis » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:05 pm

Don't know if you call farming shift work, yesterday started 630 went to 4pm, then started again midnight til 530am, then started at 11 this morn til 630pm. Fixing breakdowns on farming plant etc, loading grain etc you end up pretty tired after a few days.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby mikgit » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:33 pm

while I didn't exactly do shift work (as in overnights) I used to to do Mon-Wed 5PM till midnight, then Sat-Sun 6am till 3pm for many years (no breaks, sole operator of servo). Man that used to be bad. (Probably 1/2 the reason I bombed out of uni doing that 9-4 mon-fri.)
Also had variety of those shifts from time to time over the years (eg the same Sat/sun 6-3 shft, but after a 5-11pm shift at another site, even though we were supposed to have a 12 break...yeah right.
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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby g-boaf » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:19 pm

Cheesewheel wrote:Another contender :cry: ... althy-life

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

The only safe option left is to become a full time bicycle riding hobo

I used to do long hours as a developer/designer and it wasn't good, felt incredibly tired at the end of it. I still do long hours if I factor in the commute time I have as well, that's also pretty long. The timetable changes have made my commute now much longer. But it's only for a few more months when work moves closer to home.

Another thing is the always connected way some workers are. You've got to resist that, not answer emails after hours if at all possible. You need your own time free from that. And you'll be more productive when you are at work if you are fully rested.

Top_Bhoy wrote:I agree with DavidS and pollies not having a clue of what's involved when cutting penalty rates.

Exactly right, and they also have the luxury of being taken about in a white Caprice everywhere, or helicopter trips paid for by the taxpayer (Bronwyn Bishop), so they are woefully out of touch with the working class. Makes me more amazed that some people bend over backwards to support politicians so much.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby R12RT » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 pm

I've been doing shiftwork for my entire working life - about 35 years now.

How you cope with shiftwork depends on the shift pattern and how well you can manage your fatigue.

My current pattern is 12 hour shifts. Two day shifts followed by two night shifts then six days off. My shifts start at 5am or 5pm. The only issue with this is that you pretty much work, sleep, and eat from when you start your first day shift to when you finish you last night shift.

I've no plans to work Monday to Friday any time soon.

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Re: Shiftwork: Don't do it

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:21 pm

Been a round the clock shift worker since 1986ish. Standard roster is fine, no extended shifts and FAID approved for fatigue management.
It's when there's gaps in the roster that trouble starts. Pretty much down to mgmts poor recruiting and not having sufficient qualified relief staff
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