Post # 1
I currently work shift work including nights and weekends and holidays. I have for about 5-6 years and it’s starting to take its toll on me. It does have its pros like more days off during the week and more flexibility but I think I’m reaching my self life. Has anyone made the switch and was it worth it or is there anything else to consider? I may end up taking a pay cut but I’m thinking I can handle it at this point.
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA
I work a food service type job and did early mornings or late nights for years. I transferred two years ago and the account my employer is at is only open Monday-Friday. The latest I’ve ever worked is 6 pm. It’s been so nice and I would never go back to any other sort of schedule.
Post # 3
saradiana32 : I worked in the restaurant industry for 5 years when I was in my early 20’s, my schedule was all over the place. Super early mornings, late nights, overnight, weekends, weekdays, etc. I now work an 8-5 type schedule and definitely prefer it, it’s nice to have consistency and have my weekends open since that’s when my friends/family are usually free to hang out as well.
I do miss the flexibility I used to have, but not enough to ever go back to having that kind of schedule
Post # 4
I’m going through the exact same thing! I’ve been in restaurant work for 8 years now but the swing shifts were starting to take a toll. I got a job with a really good company in town and have a stable schedule with holidays and weekends off. I haven’t started yet but I just wanted to say good luck to you!
Post # 5
I just made the switch! I worked 3 12 hour midnight shifts in a row on a set pattern. Worked Wed-Fri night, off Sat and Sun, worked Mon-Wed night, off for 6 days. It was great in some ways but after doing it for 3 years, my job started getting worse and worse and I got sick of working every single holiday because they just happened to all be on my shifts. I loved having the days off, but at the same time it sucked because I slept away at least three of them and never wanted to do anything.
I was super unproductive and things kept getting worse at my job-staffing was inappropriate, I wasn’t sleeping well, and I was over it. I didn’t see a future working there and I knew I wanted to do something different and get out of the hospital, so that’s what I did!
Now I work in an office M-F no weekends, no holidays. It’s definitely an adjustment, but I knew that going into it that it would be. I have worked all shifts in the hospital- 5 8hr shifts (hated it), 3 12hr shifts, 4 10hrs, afternoons, days, midnights, etc.
There are trade-offs. I love that i work 7:30-3:30 and I beat traffic getting home! I love that I’m sleeping like a normal person and I am SO productive now! I am not constantly stressed at my job like I was in the hospital, and I feel better and happier overall.
The best part is that when I’m done with training I can work a compressed schedule of 4 10hr days and have every Friday off 🙂 It will be the best of both worlds!
There are a lot of variables that you should consider that will have a big impact on whether you will like that schedule. How far would your commute be? Can you work from home at all? Can you eventually work a compressed schedule? Do you get adequate vacation time? Will it be flexible scheduling? Will you get holidays off?
Look at the big picture and see if it makes sense to you.
Post # 6
I’ve actually gone the other way. For many years I did M-F 8-5 office work. For about the last 5 years my schedule has been Monday thru Saturday. I’m always off Sunday and usually Thursdays though that is subject to change. My day to day schedule is either 8:30 to 5ish or 10 to 7:30ish. There are pros and cons to both situations. While I don’t love working most Saturdays and that I rarely get 2 days off in a row, I do appreciate that I get a couple days a week that I can sleep a little later and relax with a cup of coffee without feeling rushed. I also like that I have a day off in the middle of the week to run errands and schedule appointments without having to take time off work. For instance the difference between grocery shopping on a week day vs the weekend is night and day.
Post # 7
Would the work be the same? I’ve been wondering the same thing in my life. I could continue to work shift work and every other weekend. That work gives me lots of patient interaction (which I love) and is never dull. My other option is getting a Monday-Friday office job. It would mean lots of paperwork and sitting and not as much patient contact. I’d be bored, but I’d have every weekend off. It’s tempting.
Post # 8
If your quality of life will improve even with the pay cut the go for it! You will never know. And if you leave on good terms you even get hired back if you really wanted to in the future if it doesn’t work iut
Post # 9
I worked in restaurants and hotels for over 20 years. For the past 7 years I have been in a M-F job and it’s awesome! The biggest change for me was going from not having to set an alarm to having to wake up at 4am but I am home at a decent hour and can make plans on weekends and holidays! My fiance switched to M-F around the same time I did (he’s a chef) and we always joke about having to do things when everyone else is off now like going to the movies on weekends now instead of on a Tuesday night, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
Think about your health too. It’s really hard on your body to switch between night and day with a weird sleeping pattern.
Post # 11
I made this change about 9 months ago. I never realized how much I was missing, and it made a tremendous impact on my life 🙂
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for the feedback!! I have always thought about the pros to my job (not having to wake up early, more flexibility, days off during the week) but it all losing its appeal and I don’t think I’ll miss it. I’d love to find a daylight job that is 4 10’s and they come up every so often in my field (healthcare)!
Post # 13
I used to have a schedule like yours which I hated and yearned for the M-F 9-5 type job. I did get it. The novelty wore out after a few years.
But it’s not like I preferred the former either. So now I had confirmed that I hate shifts AND M-F jobs.
Solution? By grace of God, I got a job where I do have to go in to the office but have some flexibility with the hours and days I work. So whatever it is that I am ‘feeling’ like from one week to the next, I do that. It IS a HUGE pay cut but the location and quality of life more than make up for it for me.
I do not have humungous bills. If I did, then I probably wouldn’t have this luxury (and I didn’t all these years). But I made some very difficult decisions. It was a struggle, and still can be for the most part. But over time, I am now in a better place.
Don’t be afraid to go unconventional.
Post # 14
I say go for it! It’s a pay cut but at least you are not burnt out. No more weekends and no more nights. I did that when I was in my 20s and 30s. I don’t work weekends anymore and only one night a week only until 7 pm. I want to be able to spend time with my kids. The only drawback is that you would have to request off or adjust the time when you have a doctor’s appointment because you work Monday thru Friday.
Post # 15
I agree, go for it! I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to get back on shifts if you didn’t like the regular hours. I worked shift work for 6 years and now I’ve been working regular hours for 6 years. My quality of life improved so much. I’ll never take for granted having a 9-5 job with weekends off – I still truly appreciate it. It’s so nice to not feel tired all the time.