SHIFT is an organization that aims to provide resources and create a community for night shift workers around the world. We started with the question, "How might we help people working night shifts manage their high blood pressure?" and ended up at a slightly wider solution. We provide digital and physical spaces to form meaningful relationships with coworkers and other shift workers. We also focus on worker health by providing small interventions that make a large difference in the long-run. Credit to my teammates Emily Herchenroder, Dylan McQuiston, and Skylar Penrose (Thomas Jefferson University).
“Work during the evening, late night, and midnight/early morning hours is associated with elevated risks concerning work hazards, family dissolution, health problems, and substance abuse. These risks add to the already vulnerable lives that many workers on the margins of society confront. Furthermore, nonstandard work schedules marginalize people from the course of “normal” social life, such as children’s school activities and medical appointments. Finally, daycare facilities are typically not available for many parents who hold nonstandard work schedules.”
—Population Reference Bureau, 2008
"Yes, I have to keep the place clean, so whenever I get my day off, it is used cleaning and cooking a big pot of food that will serve me throughout the week. So I just prep everything, get my laundry done, prep my clothes, everything, and that’s it."
"No, nobody wants to be here. Everybody wants to be in their bed. Sometimes I start crying. Yes, I’ll get overwhelmed and I’ll start crying because it’s like god I want to go home and go to sleep."
"Yes, you just call somebody and you say GOD- because they know. They know how it is and what you’re going through. So you say “Yo I can’t be bothered”, but you’re still doing it."