Mastering Irregular Work Schedules

Your job doesn’t follow a daily 9-5, but that doesn’t mean a routine is out of reach. Read on for tips on managing an unusual work schedule.

The Day-to-Day

Irregular work schedules such as being on-call, working weekends and seasonal employment can all have their unique challenges. You’re not alone: over twenty percent of Americans have irregular work schedules. In your daily life, start with taking care of your well-being. Get proper sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle. While this might seem like one more thing to worry about on top of the daily grind, a healthy lifestyle pays off. Increased daily happiness, less sick days, and reduced risk of chronic disease is guaranteed.

For Companies and Managers

It’s very important for management to communicate clearly when work is expected to ebb and flow. If possible, invest in scheduling software. 63% of workers report that scheduling issues result in negative health impacts, notably interfering with family and childcare. Additionally, of you don’t already have business goals and objectives outlined for your employees, there’s no better time to start than the present! Structure allows employees to focus on their work and well being, which is good for employee retention.

When to go slow and when to hustle

“Slow and steady wins the race” rewards dedication and hard work over long periods time.  Simultaneously, “hustling”, or putting in the hard work with a quick turnaround time is also championed. So which is best? According to author Todd Henry, neither! “Slow, stead, and deliberate work with occasional sprints” is required for optimal performance. Industries that depend upon seasonal customers such as hospitality, retail, and construction can use slow periods to perform maintenance and prepare for their busy season.

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