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Re: 365x24x7 (sleep patterns)
From: Vinny Abello <vinny () abellohome net>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:24:45 -0400

In a past work life, there was a short experimental run where it was believed that the company I worked for could achieve 24/7 coverage through individuals being on-call throughout the entire weekend AND doing overnight maintenance during the week in 12 hour daily shifts from 8PM to 8AM. Needless to say, coming from a daytime schedule one week, covering all pages on a weekend which prevented you from getting much sleep, working 5 12 hour shifts in the following week on shortened sleep cycles (over 100 hours in total with the on-call and 12 hour shifts), then switching back to daytime hours the next week took a toll on me rather quickly. I think we got an extra week day off in there somewhere to recover the following week, but it was basically like running a person into the ground until they were almost dead, then letting them recover while the same thing was done to the next person. There were only 4 people to abuse like this at the time so it happened once a month. Luckily everyone came to their senses and realized this wasn't sustainable and it didn't last for more than a few months total.

Moral of the story, don't do this to people unless you're into torture. :)

-Vinny

On Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:53:47 -0500, Chad Dailey wrote:
+1. I'd go to six months, having been the night shift bitch. Flipping
shifts around damn near killed me.

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM, Mark Green <ktm200exc () hotmail com> wrote:


Suggestion; once on the 'night shift' stay put for at least three months... Sleep patterns take time to adjust. Jumping between day and night shifts
will burn out even the most motivated employee.

Mark Green




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