My Thoughts: Pros And Cons Of Working Night Shift

Firstly, I like to clarify that everything that’s written here is based on my own personal experience. It doesn’t guarantee that whatever that’s in here applies to everyone else. Just a little disclaimer before I begin. Tee-hee! I just thought of sharing you this list as I know, not every one of us gets the chance to work on graveyard shift. I’ve been on a shifting working schedule for more than a year now since I started working as an IT specialist who handles a 24/7 operation. I think, half of it (or less), I worked on night shift. That being said, I believe, my experience is legit enough to share you the pros and cons of it. Let’s start!

Cons:

  • It’s harder to join your friends on night parties.
  • No chance to watch your favorite telenovela unless you have a subscription and such.
  • You have to deal with a messed up body clock.
  • You need extra push to stay awake during days off, or else, you’ll be awake the entire night while everyone else at home are sleeping, safe and sound.
  • You have a weird eating schedule. Example, your usual dinner is your breakfast.
  • It’s uncomfortably hot when sleeping in the day unless you have air-conditioner inside your room. Hello Philippines!
  • You are at high risk of health issues. (I just observed that I acquire headache, cough and colds when I’m working on night shift more often than during day shift)

Pros:

  • You get to do important errands in the morning especially if it has something to do with business appointments, consultation to your doctor, bank appointments, etc. All these have their allotted business hours which are usually set in the morning until early afternoon.
  • Traffic is not as heavy as when you’re working on regular shift.
  • You get to enjoy your night shift premium and all other perks that come along it. $_$
  • You can go shopping before heading to work.
  • You can participate on a lot of activities during the day. Most of the parties and events at work (or off-work) are set in the morning.
  • You don’t bother setting the alarm clock for the next day. (But I still do, just in case.)

Overall, I still prefer morning shift (not regular, morning shift is earlier than the regular one) over night shift. But I don’t hate it either. It has a lot of good things to offer and I intentionally didn’t include the rest of it in this list for confidentiality and because they don’t apply to most people/profession/company. It was a real struggle for me at first but I got used to it eventually.

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Author: Dianne

She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering. A full time IT Specialist based in Manila, Philippines who enjoys designing, reading and blogging. She fuels her day with a cup of good coffee in the morning and concludes the night thinking about life.

  • I can never survive a night shift. I’m a lot more productive in the mornings. x.x

    Oh hey, I used to work in McKinley Hill! Sadly, it’s starting to get as busy as BGC now, and it’s a struggle to get in and out pag rush hours – one of the reasons why I moved back to Makati.

  • Just like Dani, I don’t think I’ll ever survive night shift! My boyfriend works on a graveyard shift and it’s so hard for us to adjust hehe!

    xx http://www.jhanzey.net

  • Lou @ wander-soul.net

    Soon, when I’m working already I just think I’m so gonna survive night shift. But though as to how I see with my father’s, it can be tough sometimes especially when cold catches you. I’m an owl, and I’m more productive during the night.

  • The main reason why I couldn’t even think of working in a night shift: not being able to come with your friends haha! I’m not sure but I think it’s as if like you’re gonna be living in a different world from the people around you.

    http://dgzmn.blogspot.com/

  • I’ve been working nights for 4 years now and I totally agree with all those in the Cons list. My biggest problem is I can never fit my schedule with my friends for out of towns. Haha! It’s still a dilemma until now. And when you attend events on Saturdays, it entails the fact that you have to be awake for ~24 hours. Favorite part about it is less traffic and easier commute. It gets better with time! Hahaha! 🙂

  • When I entered the BPO industry two years ago, I thought I could survive it. But damn, it was so hard especially that I have a baby. Everytime I come home, I can only spend time with him for such a short period of time and then I have to sleep. When I leave, he’s already asleep as well. And I was also sstudying that time, finishing one semester I only have left. Ahhhh those were the days! It was so difficult that time. Morning shift all the way! HAHA

    xx, Janine | A Blissful Blog

  • I don’t think I can even survive a mid-shift! My body automatically starts to shut down by 10PM and the latest I can push myself is 2AM. When I get offered the night shift, I always decline. High respect to all those in night shifts. You guys are legends to me!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places