Six silver linings of shift work

Working shifts is often something people think of negatively – with minus points including the fact you may not always get weekends off, like Monday-to-Friday workers do.

But although there are definite downsides to working irregular shifts, there are also some potential silver linings. Here are some of the bonuses you might feel in hospitality jobs where you work like this:

It's varied

Variety is the spice of life – and shifts can certainly lead to a bit of variety! Though this can be frustrating, it can also make things that bit more engaging. Going into the restaurant  to work an evening is a different experience to serving the lunch time diners during the day, for example.

You get to have time off mid-week

Yes, weekends are one of the perks of working Monday to Friday, but they're also perhaps not the optimum time to do a lot of things. Town centres are often at their busiest on a Saturday, making shopping and browsing potentially a bit less fun. And on a Sunday, opening hours are shorter than during the rest of the week.

Some activities – like popping for a haircut on the spur of the moment – are often simply easier when you can do them mid-week, when fewer people are likely to be in the queue!

You see a different mix of colleagues each shift

Your group of coworkers may well change each shift, depending on who you're on duty with – meaning you may get to spend more time with one person during one shift, and another during another shift. In an office job, it's often a case of seeing the same colleagues all day, every day, which is less varied!

You might get that 'I just finished work at 2pm' feeling

Many office workers would be thrilled if they could manage to have a working day and still get out of work with an afternoon to spend however they fancy.

Yes, getting up extra early for a shift that ends in the early PM is a hassle, but at least you can chill out however you wish afterwards, while there's plenty of the day left to enjoy.

It can be more flexible

Shift work can sometimes offer greater flexibility than office work. Want to do something on a day you're meant to be working? You can swap shifts with a colleague and the issue is sorted.

In a strictly Monday to Friday, nine to five job, you'll probably have to use a day of annual leave if you want to spend the whole day away from the office.

Two separate days off can sometimes be nicer

If your days off are separated most of the time, rather than together in a block at a weekend, it can be frustrating. But you also sometimes get to have a much shorter run at work before your next break runs around, which can be nice!