Question for people in other countries, is it normal for people to always work the same shift? The respondents in this thread, seem to be always working the night shift, over here, only if different shifts require a different skill set, so people work the same shift only, so for my work, where it doesn't make a difference when you work, everybody works all shifts (except that people over 55 don't work nights anymore)
There's two ways of working that in the USA. Some employers make everyone rotate shifts, others hire people specifically for 2nd and 3rd shifts. I've done both, and frankly, I still have nightmares in which I look at the schedule and see that I'm working all 3 shifts in one week, and I last did shiftwork in 1985. There's plenty of research about the detrimental effects of having to rotate shifts. In my experience, the happiest workplaces were where they recruited people specifically for 2nd and 3rd shifts. For example, the last job I worked had an RN on the night shift, permanently. She was a pastor's wife, and she negotiated it so she worked Sunday night through Thursday night, so that she always had her evenings off, and she could attend church on Sunday mornings.
Like I said, people working always the same shift isa rare here, and i have never encountered it.
For myself, i have had quite a few different jobs, and even the most regular one I had was still a bit irregular, including evenings (no nights) and weekends.
Personaly, i would never want to have an office hours job, the idea of always working the same days and times (plus traveling during rush hour)alone gives me nightmares
in my work, the morning shift is 6-14, afternoon 14-22 and night 22-6. A normal schedule is 2/3 days mornings, 2/3 days afternoon and 2/3 days nights (for a total of 5 or 7 days, where the 5 days off course does not contain one of these shifts) this is followed by 2-5 days off.
The main reason why I like a schedule like this is that it is fantastic for my social life, it lets me do many things that are simply not possible with more regular working hours. Sure, sometimes i have to cancel on things that most people can go, but this is compensated by being able to go places for which a regular job is simply not suitable. Especialy with international events a 4/5 day weekend makes everything a bit easier, but also for basic parties, events and just meeting up with friends, an irregular work schedule is much easier for me.
In this aspect however, i believe that always working the same shift, which is much different from other peoples working hours, would be detrimental for your social life, instead of helping it, which is why I wouldn't always want to work the same shift. I would probably find always working the same shift, much worse then a 9-5 job.