So, I recently finished give overnight shifts at work. My store was doing resets (major overhauls) of two of our largest departments: home theatre and computers. This involved a great deal of emptying out shelves, refilling them with new products, moving entire sections completely and adding new fixtures like tables for tablets or a desk for home theatre (so sales people can’t hide from customers anymore). When I was asked whether or not I wanted to help out with this endeavour, an extra dollar an hour was mentioned and my bank account took over my thinking.
The first overnight shift was one that I was completely unaware of. I (once again) had misread my schedule and did not think that it began until the next night. Luckily for me, the first evening was pretty basic and did not require me to move any TVs (that would have been bad) and even more lucky is the fact that caffeine and Red Bull exist (even if they aren’t as effective as they were when I was 13 and drinking coffee to be cool).
Anyway, working ‘The Graveyard Shift’ has taught me a few things about myself and any future plans I may have. The first is that I don’t think I’m cut out for a job that requires me to work nights. Sure, the majority of them usually end at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., but when you’re working 10 p.m. to 6:30 the next morning, they kind of mess you up. It’s been two days now since my last shift and, even though I went to sleep at 11 last night, I still found it near impossible to drag myself out of bed. It also wreaks havoc on my social life. Apparently I’m not very fun to hang around with when I keep dozing off.
Working overnights also taught me an important new skill: television installation. If I never have to install another flatscreen again I will be a happy person. Now that I have this knowledge, I plan to get someone else to do any home entertainment installation for me in the future. At the same time, I also gained the ability to read and follow what my store calls “planograms” (not sure if that’s a standard for retail). Until recently, there was really only one person in my specific department who was able to follow these strange maps and unfortunately he’s going to another department. That means I’ll be able to use my new skills on a very regular basis. Note, this is probably going to be a terrible, terrible thing.
Aside from the fact that I am now extremely tired, I did benefit a great deal from working these ‘ridiculous’ hours: I am now a more productive employee for my store, having learned new skills that will allow me to help out other departments. I am also one of the few people who knows where everything has been moved (too bad when I’m not there to help anybody find it). Finally, I demonstrated that I am willing to be flexible for my store which, believe me, puts you in the good books of pretty much any manager. Sounds like brown-nosing, but when I want to take time off, I’ll be laughing.
Anyway, this post is probably filled with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, but that’s mostly because I appear to be seeing double from (big surprise) my lack of proper sleep. No matter. I will be back next week refreshed and revving to go! (Hopefully…)