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I Have Some Odd Shifts this Coming Week

As many of you may have read previously on a different website, I accepted full-time hours about a month ago at my job of sixteen years. I had hoped to retire in the near future, but then I realized that it would be a while before that would be possible as I am still in debt and need to get those bills paid before seriously considering retirement.

The shift I was offered was 8pm to 4:30am, but another full-timer wanted that shift, so now I work her two days off. I work that shift of 8pm to 4:30am mostly on Monday's and Tuesdays, but I work her old shift of afternoons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The only time I stray from this basic shift is when someone takes vacation. Then I am scheduled a combination of my semi-normal shift and a midnight person's shift too. Therefore, my second and third weeks as a full-timer I worked several 10:30pm to 7am shifts.

July 4th work week, 2014

This next week one of the three other night time full-timers is taking several days off surrounding the holiday. Instead of working what I did previously, I'm working some normal shifts and some that I consider to be odd ones too. I did ask for next Saturday off to attend a baby shower and I'm not sure whether that is partly the reason why I got these oddball shifts or if more than one person is taking the whole or part of the week off.

Tomorrow, Sunday, I have a fairly normal day as I go in at 2pm and work until 10:30pm. Then on Monday and Tuesday I have my normal 8pm to 4:30am, which by the way are not difficult for me as I have been a night owl most of my life. Normally I have Wednesday and Thursday off, but this week they have me working on Wednesday and instead I got Saturday off as requested. So, I'll get home on Wednesday morning around 4:45am and I have to be back to work in the afternoon at 2pm. Friday, I was hoping to have either a complete day or complete night shift, for I heard that if I did work 8 hrs on a holiday that I'd bring home an additional $100.00 just for that day. But, woe is me. The person that has the normal 8pm to 4:30am shift asked for that day off, so I get to cover her shift. I'll still get paid time and a half, but for only four hours not the desired 8.

Then I have Saturday off as requested and on Sunday I have a whole shift and a portion of another. So I'll be working midnight to 8;30am Sunday morning and I'll have to crash as soon as possible so that i can get a few things done that day as I'll be heading back to work at 6pm on Sunday evening and work until 2:30am on Monday morning.

Our union contract states that they have to give us at least 8 hours between shifts. I'm sure this won't happen very long. I found that others have worked this type of thing before too, but not very often.

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LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 1:03 AM

I think it's hard to work from 8PM to 4:30 AM. I am sorry they do not respect the 8 hours between shifts, people need to rest.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 30, 2014, 8:53 AM

Actually, LadyDuck , the 8pm to 4:30 is one of my easier shifts, for sleeping and working. And they are giving me at least 8 hrs off between shifts, but it doesn't allow me any time to work the business on those types of days since my time will be eating and sleeping.

At first I was thinking they did that next Sunday because I asked for Saturday off, but then I remembered it's next Sat. not this one, so now I don't know why it was done that way.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 30, 2014, 8:55 AM

Whoops, I keep forgetting I can reply to a comment rather than just making a new one. emoticon :sad: (See below)

kdarrell wrote on June 30, 2014, 10:59 AM

These shift hours really do sound confusing. I think these types of shifts would really mess up my sleeping patterns.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 3, 2014, 7:40 PM

Thanks for the visit, kdarrell . Actually, since I'm a night owl working so late isn't the problem, but like you said figuring out when to sleep, now that's something I don't want to go without for too long on any given day.

I didn't realized until after I looked at my upcoming Sunday schedule several times that they ended up giving me four days off in a row, and maybe I'll have Sunday next week off too. I only asked for Sat and Sun off since I'll have family visiting and we'll be celebrating my mother's birthday while they are in town.

I decided if I get to keep those extra days off while they are in town, then I should stop complaining about the extra shifts on Sunday. At least I don't have to run our window business on Sundays, I just won't get anything else done either.