Is Rotating Shiftwork Unhealthy?

In many industries, it is necessary to have work performed around the clock. When this is the case, employers have a variety of options to help ensure all the needed hours are covered. Sometimes an employer will simply set up multiple shifts of work and assign specific employees to specific times of work. While there is some evidence that working off-shift hours has some negative impacts on people’s lives, most people are able to get used to it and some even prefer it. 

Another popular option that many employers are turning to is a concept known as rotating shiftwork. This is where employees will rotate through having to work undesirable shifts such as the weekend, second, or third shift. While this may be necessary to cover certain situations, the evidence suggests that it should be avoided to the extent possible. 

Studies have shown that irregular or rotating shiftwork can cause a variety of different health and safety problems. In most cases, employees who work these types of shifts will be more tired and less able to concentrate on their work. This not only makes them less productive, but it can also dramatically increase the risk of accidents and injuries while at work. Taking the time to look closely at what work your facility needs to have done, and what types of options you have available to make sure that it is completed will help ensure you get the results you need in a safe and effective way. 

 

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