Many employees like the flexibility that shift work can enable, but non-traditional schedules can have a negative impact on mental and physical health. To keep your shift workers safe, healthy, and happy, consider a few tips:
· Make their schedules as predictable as possible, and provide adequate advance notice for schedule/shift changes. This enables your workers to prepare mentally for the change and make necessary arrangements such as child care or transportation assistance.
· Limit the number of nights employees work consecutively. Make sure all workers get adequate time off to rest, refresh, and recharge.
· Have designated places and times for shift worker to rest.
· Include flexibility in health/wellness programs so that shift workers aren’t excluded or unable to participate because of their schedules.
· Consider shift-based hiring. Think about hiring people for specific shifts. Matching employees with the shift that best fits their lives and preferences can be a perk for job candidates.
· Provide education and resources on sleep hygiene. Consider offering free ear plugs and sleep masks for employees who work nights and sleep during the day.