If you love the fact that companies such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Walmart can operate 24/7, this is due to third shift workers. Third shift workers are the people who help keep the world you know running at night.
Restocking shelves, sweeping floors, EMT’s responding to medical emergencies, fire fighters, and cargo ship managers all help keep the economy running.
They a lot of this nocturnally, at a time when most people would be sleeping. Third Shift Workers Day takes the time to recognize the hard work involved in running a third shift and thank them for their services.
History of Third Shift Workers’ Day
The modern concept of shift work as people understand it began with the industrial revolution, as global trade and mass production began to shape the United States.
Because of this intense shift in ideas about capitalism and job productivity, shift work began to become a concept that would ultimately form today’s society.
Shift work, however, is known to have numerous health problems attached to it because of stressful working conditions. One of the most prominent health issues presented to people who work in shifts is sleep disorders.
These can include such as insomnia or excessive sleeping. Other health problems include risks to certain types of cancers, cluster headaches, heart attacks, sexual dysfunction, and metabolic disorders.
For those who work the night shift, those issues can increase due to intense working conditions and altered schedules. Industries such as security, police, fire fighting, emergency medical services, customer service, railways, are all have difficult jobs. Third shift worker fill necessary jobs that help keep the global economy running.
When people work nocturnally, they not only have intense health problems but also lose time out on normal socialization and family bonding. Third Shift Workers Day aims to show appreciation for those who work nocturnally and ultimately suffer from the working conditions involved.
How to celebrate Third Shift Workers’ Day
If you know someone that works third shifts, then show them how much you appreciate them by giving them a gift. Whether that person is an acquaintance or someone personal to you, giving them an item they’ve spoken of will surely be appreciated. Find a temporary solution to those problems by encouraging those in the third shift to take care of themselves.
Share this holiday with friends and family and help bring awareness to the health problems and the social consequences of third-shift workers. Discuss with your friends and family about personal experiences with the third shift.