If you’ve never considered a 2nd or 3rd shift job, there are several reasons why you should think seriously about if it might be the right fit for you. There are some interesting financial and quality-of-life reasons why you should consider it.
While each employer has their own specific hours for what they consider 2nd and 3rd shift, generally speaking, 2nd shift is typically 5 PM to 1 AM and 3rd shift is 12 AM to 8 AM.
Because many people want 1st shift jobs, it’s harder for employers to find workers to fill their other shifts. That means they are often willing to pay a premium to anyone willing to take those shifts on. It’s not unusual for employers to offer between $1-$3 more an hour for 2nd and 3rd shift positions. This can add up to an extra $1,000 to $3,000 a year!
Save on Childcare
If you have a partner or family member who can watch your child overnight, that means you may find that you can skip day care altogether. Here in Ohio, according to The Economic Policy Institute, child care can run $748 a month for an infant and $612 a month for a 4 year-old.
If you’re trying to save up money or pay down bills, that can mean a substantial savings for you and your family – not to mention the benefits of bringing less cold and flu germs into your house!
Attend School Events and Quality Time with your Kiddos
How many times have you felt guilty that you couldn’t attend that PTA meeting or conference during the day? When you’re work starts at night, that frees you up to attend those activities.
In addition, some people find that the quality of the time they spend with their children is actually improved! Rather than focusing on mundane tasks like getting dinner on the table, you’re able to really focus on them during your time together.
Appointments are Easier
It’s always frustrating when your doctor or hairdresser can’t see you for a weeks when you really need to see them ASAP. The reason for that is everyone is fighting for the same early or late appointments.
When you work 2nd or 3rd shift, you’re freed up to take the appointments people who work 1st shift couldn’t even consider. That means getting done what you want to have done – when you want to do it!
No More Fighting Rush Hour Traffic
The reason rush hour is so horrendous is that everyone is trying to get to work and home at the exact same times.
Less Competition for Promotions
Because there are less people on 2nd and 3rd shift, there’s more of an opportunity for you to be a rock star and catch the attention of upper management. If you show up on time and take pride in your work, you’re sure to get noticed.
That puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to team lead and other promotions.
As you can see, there are many reasons to consider a 2nd or 3rd shift role. Are you ready to take the leap? Give us a call today to talk about your options.