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  • Here4th$
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    12 hour shifts

    The twelve hour shifts do get long – especially towards the end of a fourteen day run. After working this shift for some time, you do become accustom to them and it becomes just another day at the office.

    As for a personal life, during the work tour, it is kind of bleak. After working and sleeping, I see my family about 3 and ½ hours a day. To make up for it, we utilize the fourteen days off to spend time together doing whatever we want. That’s one of the high points of having the job.

    I have it good, I live in one of the few urban areas that my company services. I still get the 2&2 schedule but I get to go home each night.

    Many of our officers live in remote camps (Company provided room and board) during their tour so they are away from their families for two weeks at a time. We also have quite a few that commute from as far away as Georgia. That has to be rough on the personal life. This has been done for the last 30 years here and seems to be the preferred (by the workers) method. They like the two weeks off.

    If we worked anything other than this type of shift it would by harder to get and retain people as the regular overtime hours would not be there (each week we work 84 hours – 40 regular and 44 at time and a half). It would also present more of a logistical problem for the people that make the commute and the companies that have to house and transport them to the sites.

    As far as it being cheaper for the company to have us working 12 hour shift, It actually costs them quite a bit more to do it this way when you consider the overtime costs –vs- straight time. But here it seems to work.

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  • jeff194307
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    The ICC requires truck drivers to work no more than eleven hours without rest, the reason is lack of attention which could cause accidents. Why is it that a lot of security is 12 hour shifts? I firmly believe that no one in this line of work should be scheduled for more than ten hours and preferably no more than eight hours per shift. My company seems to have a thing for twelve hour days, which I suspect is so that they can do the job with fewer employees thus cutting cost. Why do this? Doesen't the client deserve to have officers who are rested and alert? How are hey saving anything, the contract is for hours per week, not officers.

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  • Andy Taylor
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    I don't think one can adjust to the 12 hour shifts. At least not and have any sort of personal life. 10's are easily to adjust to, but not 12's.

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  • Maelstrom
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    I'm accustomed to the 8-8-8 scenerio but don't mind 10 hour shifts, the few 12 hour shifts I've worked left me feeling they were just a tad too long... though I suppose I would eventually adjust

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  • Bern Wheaton
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    Grave yard shift for me,2300 to 0700 it is when all the night crawlers come out to play.

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  • Here4th$
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    12 Hour Shifts

    I work 12 hour shifts - 14 days on and 14 days off. The shifts are long but the time off is great.

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  • Andy Taylor
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    Frank:
    I agree completely with the statement about 10 hours being difficult to schedule around 24/7/365 post. we have looked at it several times and realized that it just doesn't work. At least not without getting things way over complex.

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  • FrankW438
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    I've worked eights, tens and twelves. Twelve hour shifts are just too long, in my opinion. By the end of the shift, you are not quite as fresh, alert and effective. You can become complacent and spend the last few hours just thinking about going off-shift. An accident is more likely to occurr then, I'd think. Has anyone seen any statistics on accident rate vs shift length?

    I know that twelve hour shifts give you more days off, and does help reduce absenteeism and the resulting overtime. But at what price? If you have any kind of commute to and from work you have virtually no time for anything but eat, work, sleep, & repeat on the days you work. Not much time for family or friends.

    I currently work four ten-hour shifts. I love it because I get a three day weekend, and a weekday to take care of personal business. But it's not easy to schedule a 24/7/365 operation for 10-hour shifts. It can be done, but its complicated. If I had my choice between 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts, I think I would choose 10. I worked twelve-hour shifts (6pm-6am) for a year and I wouldn't care to go back to that. I think 12's would be my last choice.


    -- Frank

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  • acula32
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    Shifts

    Our department runs three ten hour shifts. I have worked 8hrs, 10hrs, and 12hrs. I find that the ten hour shift works best for me and some here tend to agree.

    1st = 0700-1700
    2nd = 1600-0200
    3rd = 2100-0700

    I am currently in the 2nd shift slot. For the first four almost five years I have done the 3rd slot and liked that too. Now I am in 2nd I can't find anything different. It is a good slot.

    The times I cover a 1st shift though are a little tough.

    to me 12's are too long, and 8's make you work that extra day, but 10's are right in the middle.

    Just my oppinion

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  • tattedupboy
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    try workng seven days a week

    I can honestly say that out of everyone who belongs to this site, I probably have the most unusual work schedule. I work at a check cashing place that is open 7 days a week 365 days a year. Every morning I am there at 0630 to escort the morning shift employees inside; I stay until opening time at 0700 and then leave. On Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, I go back at 2230 and stay until closing time to escort the night shift employees back out. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, I work from 1700 until closing time (plus the half hour in the morning). When you factor in my other job (at which I work 15 hours a week), I work approximately 45 hours a week. I have not had a day off since October 22, and that was to go out of town to attend my grandmother's funeral. So much for complaining about working midnights and 12
    Last edited by tattedupboy; 07-19-2007, 01:48 AM.

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  • Miguel
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    In Spain the usual for sites that have 24/7/365 security is to have 8 hour shifts from Monday to Friday (6-14, 14-22, 22-6) and 12 during the weekends (6-18, 18-6), and periods when the team is short of a S/O. This is my favorite type of schedule.

    I don´t like pulling 12 hours, but I don´t mind doing it 4-6 days per month, so I can have an extra weekend and still get some overtime. Problem is that the company usually makes you cover another site during your extra weekend and you end up with only 1 weekend per month that is owed by company policy.

    In my current site I work 20-6 shifts from Monday to Friday and 18-6 on weekends. Better 10 than 12 I guess. But I only have a couple more days there. In my new site, it´ll be 12 hour shifts everyday (19-7). I´ll probably end up with far more overtime than I want...at least is a comfortable site, I´ve been told.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    I did that, only 6 to 6. I liked it alot. You arrived just in time for people to get home, and left right before most left for work. Since the "average criminal" (this is speculation, not hard fact, and may even be an urban legend) is in bed at 4 like everyone else... You have one hour for the hardcore car thieves to hit your property, then an hour to finish up reports, and go home.

    The even better part was I worked 3 12s and a 6, so I has 2 hours of OT built in.

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  • SHART1971
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    I Currently work 12's 1900 - 0700. 3 days on 4 days off and 4 days on 3 days off.

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  • The Hussard
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    the best schedule is 12 hour shift from 20:00 to 08;00

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  • Chimpie
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    My fav was to work 12's. We had a rotating schedule and a weeks vacation every month. We worked on a 28 day rotation.

    4 nights - 6p - 6a
    4 off
    3 days - 6a - 6p
    3 nights - 6p - 6a
    4 off
    4 days - 6a - 6p
    6 off

    Within the 28 days you work 14, off for 14. Which also equals out to working only have the year.

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