Wednesday 22 February 2017

The impact of shift work on family life

Published 08/07/2011 | 05:00

SHIFT work is generally recognised as any work that takes place outside normal working hours, or at times other than the hours between 6am and 8pm Monday to Friday.

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The costs of shift work have been comprehensively studied and documented and include adverse health, performance, safety and social consequences. Sunday and weekend work impact significantly on both family life and leisure activities.

For example, how many schools are closed on a Monday so parents or guardians can take their children to the zoo?

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