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Posted 10/31/14
I used to work morning shifts, I used to work Walmart IMS morning shifts, so from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM. It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't my favorite place.

Now I work at Target -- Yes, from blue to red -- pretty much same position but from 10:30 PM - 7:00 AM.

For those of you if have some kind of weird concept that Walmart is horrible and Target is better... I used to think that too, I used to shop at Walmart most of the time, and Target sparingly, lets face it... Walmart is likely to be more convenient because it's likely closer and in a better area.

But working at Target -- especially nightshift, lets you know how shitty the company really is, they make Walmart look like fucking angels. Now this isn't a Target vs. Walmart topic, but after this change in workplace i'm 100% team blue, I feel sick to my stomach that I left a decent schedule, semi cool people and nice perks to work for team blood, which is strict as all hell, everyone is a stuck up bitch and the company is rigged to the bone with anti-employee crap.

Anyways.... I wanna talk nightshifts and get/give tips about working the abomination.

I'm really only 18, turning 19 soon, so this is one of my first 5 jobs I've actually worked, I'm lucky I'm working this schedule early in my life as I will never do it again, I don't like sleeping in daytime and the affects it has on your body is very different than I expected it would.

Working a night shift isn't as simple and waking up at a different point in time, you'll actually physically feel different, and you'll need to adjust your workout and dining habits to suit the new schedule. Don't take a night shift because "Man, I stay up late watching anime/playing games anyway, piece of cake." NO! You'll routinely do it and you'll likely be locked into a horrible environment. I can't leave Target while overnight for any reason, they make money of employees buying stiff overnight because you CAN'T LEAVE, they're not 24 hours. You'll literally see red, red and more red every direction and it's sickening.

Now that's restricted to a few places, most over night jobs are medical so of course you could leave during lunch/break whatever, but overnight Target, Kohls, JC Penny, etc, aren't possible because the doors are locked and the employees are stuck. Which is bad.

There are people who can cope with night shifts, but those are for a good reason, those people are nurses/doctors, so they like what they do.

Don't take the tiny pay raise of ever night, it ain't worth it, I actively pursued fulltime at first because I didn't know what to expect, but I was hired seasonal(THANK GOODNESS), I will shoot any manager who even mentions "Valerie" and "Fulltime" in the same sentence.

I'm only on Day 3 and I can't wait until January, I don't wanna leave Target too soon because I want it on my resume.... For now, eventually, I will leave it off, but I should hold onto for next year...



Moral of the thread: Don't work at retail, and if you do, don't work over nights, and if you do, don't work at Target, and if you do, quit NOW.
Posted 10/31/14
i can't work night shifts either, it's horrible. it f.cks up your body horribly and makes you gain weight, too. melatonin is produced when the sun goes down, and peaks at 1AM, we're supposed to be in bed around 10PM. and wakes up when the sun rises.

i wouldn't recommend it for anybody. it's almost like smoking, killing yourself slowly over time.

sleeping according to the circadian rhythm is really important, because it repairs many damages in the body during that time.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

i can't work night shifts either, it's horrible. it f.cks up your body horribly and makes you gain weight, too. melatonin is produced when the sun goes down, and peaks at 1AM, we're supposed to be in bed around 10PM. and wakes up when the sun rises.

i wouldn't recommend it for anybody. it's almost like smoking, killing yourself slowly over time.

sleeping according to the circadian rhythm is really important, because it repairs many damages in the body during that time.


How long did you work night shifts? And yes, it messes with you greatly.

All the people here are like. "I been doing this for 5 years." And "9 years, durr."

HAHA! F*** NO! Retail for 5 years?! At least you could be flirty as a waitress and no one would care, or you could crack jokes often as a cashier and no one would care, or you could talk on the phone/text/internet browse with a marketing company, I've done all those!

Fast food and retail is like the LOWEST of the low, I can't finish my courses fast enough to get a job as Software Engineer, holy cow, these 3 months are going by slow as all hell!
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I remember having a schedule like this infused with school, that took quite a while to get used to. School at 5 pm, work at 10 pm, get home at 5-6am when the sun starts rising, then sleep. Homework in between everything else.... would I do it again? Nope, never, not ever. unless I got paid 30+ an hour.

You can get used to it, as I felt fine after my body adjusted and figured itself out, but I don't recon that it's a good thing lol.

Go to school and get a degree no matter what, it helps heaps :p
Posted 10/31/14

Magical-Soul wrote:

How long did you work night shifts? And yes, it messes with you greatly.

All the people here are like. "I been doing this for 5 years." And "9 years, durr."

HAHA! F*** NO! Retail for 5 years?! At least you could be flirty as a waitress and no one would care, or you could crack jokes often as a cashier and no one would care, or you could talk on the phone/text/internet browse with a marketing company, I've done all those!

Fast food and retail is like the LOWEST of the low, I can't finish my courses fast enough to get a job as Software Engineer, holy cow, these 3 months are going by slow as all hell!



I've been working night shifts for about a year... it aged me terribly. (that's not the primarily reason i hate it though, i also can't sleep during the day).


Just think of it this way, at least you're not unemployed and doing nothing. A job is better than nothing, imo. I always accept any job offers that come my way, no matter how sh.tty the people/working conditions are... because you just never know when you won't have a job.

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Dr_Jun_Manabe wrote:

I remember having a schedule like this infused with school, that took quite a while to get used to. School at 5 pm, work at 10 pm, get home at 5-6am when the sun starts rising, then sleep. Homework in between everything else.... would I do it again? Nope, never, not ever. unless I got paid 30+ an hour.

You can get used to it, as I felt fine after my body adjusted and figured itself out, but I don't recon that it's a good thing lol.

Go to school and get a degree no matter what, it helps heaps :p


I have an embarrassingly low pay rate... I think eventually I'll get used to it, but at least naturally, it'll be easier to snap back to a normal sleep at night - awake at day schedule.

I won't be getting any degrees anytime soon, but I'll be getting experience, my courses are online. So thankfully, I can schedule them better than physically going somewhere.

Ugh, I have to go in tonight, it's making me queasy just thinking about it...

I'm going to be hitting crunchyroll and my other hobbies harder, at times like this, hobbies are amazing, I'm about to get so many games/visual novels/anime and whatever else I like to pass these three months as fast as possible.

Posted 10/31/14
Yeah no. I won't ever be a corporate wage slave again.


Freedom!!!

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I've worked night shifts for most of the past twenty-five years. The first 10 of those were in food service, while the last 15 have been as a police officer. At least as a cop I get to drive around and patrol. I agree that night shift plays havoc with the body and its natural rhythms, but fewer bosses work nights, and I have something of an innate anti-authoritarian streak. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that working nights helps me avoid getting fired.)
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Magical-Soul wrote:


Dr_Jun_Manabe wrote:

I remember having a schedule like this infused with school, that took quite a while to get used to. School at 5 pm, work at 10 pm, get home at 5-6am when the sun starts rising, then sleep. Homework in between everything else.... would I do it again? Nope, never, not ever. unless I got paid 30+ an hour.

You can get used to it, as I felt fine after my body adjusted and figured itself out, but I don't recon that it's a good thing lol.

Go to school and get a degree no matter what, it helps heaps :p


I have an embarrassingly low pay rate... I think eventually I'll get used to it, but at least naturally, it'll be easier to snap back to a normal sleep at night - awake at day schedule.

I won't be getting any degrees anytime soon, but I'll be getting experience, my courses are online. So thankfully, I can schedule them better than physically going somewhere.

Ugh, I have to go in tonight, it's making me queasy just thinking about it...

I'm going to be hitting crunchyroll and my other hobbies harder, at times like this, hobbies are amazing, I'm about to get so many games/visual novels/anime and whatever else I like to pass these three months as fast as possible.



>_> That's a crap ton to hit. I still have 3-4 unfinished vn's I dont have much time to play, and all the anime I still have to finish and manga and soo on...

It's a refreshing feeling though once you get passed that hell, and it still is good experience, makes you more malleable.

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I know how that feels since I work Graveyard shift as a Security Officer. I started from foot patrol to vehicle patrol, which is the best option for me. Although the hours are tough especially if my relieve (relieving officer) doesn't show up on time. I do plan on switching jobs and trying another type of job to see how it works for me.
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I've worked weekend nights years ago. We got a 2 hours break so if you wanted to you could try to nap on a chair. It wasn't too bad even though I'm a morning person. I just couldn't go out socialising then because everyone else was ready for that weekends but I had work. Week days were for uni. I lasted 5 months then quit.
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I worked graveyard for 10 years, in a group home. I quite liked it, lots of time to read, generally pretty quiet. Now I have to get up at4:30 AM for a day shift. If the pay were better I'd of stayed on nights.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

I've worked night shifts for most of the past twenty-five years. The first 10 of those were in food service, while the last 15 have been as a police officer. At least as a cop I get to drive around and patrol. I agree that night shift plays havoc with the body and its natural rhythms, but fewer bosses work nights, and I have something of an innate anti-authoritarian streak. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that working nights helps me avoid getting fired.)


I am in complete agreement with your statement about bosses not working nights. I am a night auditor at a small hotel. Managers are NEVER there when I'm on shift. In fact, no other employee is there at all, except for me. Which I have always thought is great. I wouldn't switch to day shifts for that reason alone. I avoid just about all of the gossip and sniping this way.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

I've worked night shifts for most of the past twenty-five years. The first 10 of those were in food service, while the last 15 have been as a police officer. At least as a cop I get to drive around and patrol. I agree that night shift plays havoc with the body and its natural rhythms, but fewer bosses work nights, and I have something of an innate anti-authoritarian streak. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that working nights helps me avoid getting fired.)


I am in complete agreement with your statement about bosses not working nights. I am a night auditor at a small hotel. Managers are NEVER there when I'm on shift. In fact, no other employee is there at all, except for me. Which I have always thought is great. I wouldn't switch to day shifts for that reason alone. I avoid just about all of the gossip and sniping this way.


That's why I won't switch over, despite seniority. I've never been fired from a night position. (Btw, I'm from Belle Chasse--many, many years ago. Ca va?)
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moonhawk81 wrote:


Bri0518 wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:

I've worked night shifts for most of the past twenty-five years. The first 10 of those were in food service, while the last 15 have been as a police officer. At least as a cop I get to drive around and patrol. I agree that night shift plays havoc with the body and its natural rhythms, but fewer bosses work nights, and I have something of an innate anti-authoritarian streak. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that working nights helps me avoid getting fired.)


I am in complete agreement with your statement about bosses not working nights. I am a night auditor at a small hotel. Managers are NEVER there when I'm on shift. In fact, no other employee is there at all, except for me. Which I have always thought is great. I wouldn't switch to day shifts for that reason alone. I avoid just about all of the gossip and sniping this way.


That's why I won't switch over, despite seniority. I've never been fired from a night position. (Btw, I'm from Belle Chasse--many, many years ago. Ca va?)


All good here. What took you to TN?
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