What Is an Alternative Work Schedule?
Alternative work schedules are also known as shift work. With this schedule, employees work outside the typical work hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many industries use these schedules if the work requires around-the-clock staffing.
We know businesses are facing new and unique challenges because of COVID-19. While some have had to close their facilities, other companies may need to put an alternative work schedule in place to continue operations. However, changing the hours your employees work can have a big impact on your business. It can affect your employees’ productivity, and it can also impact their health and social life.
How Do Alternative Work Schedules Affect Employees?
If your employees are used to working during the day, they’ll need to adjust to working at night. Alternative work schedules can cause:
- Sleep loss or lower sleep quality
- Decreased work performance
- Increased fatigue
- Occupational stress
Using Alternative Work Schedules for Your Business
Whether it’s working with your employees to develop an alternative work schedule, or making changes to their work environment to help keep them more focused, there are strategies you can use to help.