I switched to an early shift several months ago after working evenings for a couple years. 8:30-5:00, the stuff of white-collar dreams… or something. It was a nice change-up from the evening shift for a few reasons, but now I’m thinking of going back to evenings. I would appreciate some input before I make the decision though, anecdotes would be great! Or just put yourself into my metaphorical shoes, and pick which shift you’d prefer to work. Or, if there’s no amount of perks that could make you work a late shift, explain that too. <3
I’m currently eyeballing the 1:30-9pm shift, but I may get stuck working 2:30-11 or 3:30-midnight depending on current availability.
Perks of the early shift:
I see my roommate less.
I see daylight after work.
I feel like a “normal” person.
I love my day shift manager.
I get to play WoW with more guildmates in the evening (most of the guild works a similar daytime schedule).
Since our entire department’s hours change to 8-6 around holidays, I get to work my normal schedule on those days, instead of having to work an earlier shift that I’m not accustomed to.
**Cons of the early shift: **
Planning time off is harder because there’s less availability to be off of work during day shifts.
I’m ALWAYS on the phone (it’s a call center). this is an enormous con
Less money, since I’d get differential pay for the later shift. (pretty major, this is a flat 10% wage increase)
I’m not a morning person, waking up is hard.
Perks of the late shift:
Easier to plan and use my PTO, since there’s more flexibility in the evening.
I’d get to do faxes pretty much every day. That means time off phones, and diversification of my duties makes me feel so much better in general.
I’m not really a morning person, so it’d be easier to get up every day.
Better traffic traveling at non-rush times, get to work faster and use less gas.
More pay due to shift differential.
Cons of the late shift:
I’d see more of my roommate.
I would probably move my wake-up time later and stay up later, and become a nocturnal vampire again.
Lots of stuff is closed, can’t go shopping after work except at 24-hour stores.
I might have to move my cubicle to a louder location.
I’d get a less-great manager than the one I currently have. If I’m really unlucky, I might get the micromanaging disgusting unholy pig of a boss I had when I worked nights before.
I wouldn’t get to play as much WoW with as many of my favorite people, since they go to bed by 10 or 11. (We do still have people on later, but there are fewer of them)
Having to go from getting off work late to getting up super-early when the schedule changes around holidays.