|reply to jaberi |
Re: Court tells employers to accommodate child-care requests
Its people like her that drive me nuts. I am a shift worker, have been one for 15 years, with various employers. Always rotating shiftwork. About 5 years into shift work, my DR and I had a very real conversation about the effects of shiftwork on lifespan, and I needed to make some serious life choices. Which I did. I was floored when he told me that shiftwork, with bad diet, bad sleeping patterns etc can take 10-15 years off your life!!
Every company I have worked for, under a rotating shift work schedule, not only paid a shift premium to us, but was also very flexible with requests to leave a hour early, or arrive an hour late due to medical/dental appointments, child accommodation requests, a certain weekend off, etc. Almost every company I worked for under this sort of work schedule, spent buckets of money to educate us to proper eating and sleeping habits, giving us longer paid breaks on the midnight shift, providing free coffee and even food at some companies, turned a blind eye to things like personal calls at 9pm to say goodnight to your kids etc.
When I see a person like this, it drives me nuts, I feel as if she is trying to take even more!! It is also easier for a shift worker to deal with childcare issues, appointments etc, with enough notice. You can easily do things in the day, that a normal working person cannot. As the general 9-5 worker doesn't usually know how well we are treated at most jobs, unionized or not. I love shift work, because its always changing. You have shifts that are very slow, and give you time to catch up on your work, do other tasks, special projects etc, then you have your busy shifts. No matter what, I chose to be a shift worker at the end of the day.