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What Exactly Does First, Second, and Third Shift Mean?

Various industries employ shift work, usually because business operations demand around-the-clock production that rotating shifts can only achieve. There are first, second, and third shifts, and each of these has its unique pros and cons. But what exactly are these shifts? Read on to find out more about the first, second, and third shifts so that you can decide what might work best for you. 

First Shift 

Think of the first shift as the day shift. Typically, it runs from 9 am to 5 pm, but be aware that the first shift can also be 7 to 3, 8 to 4, or even 10 to 6. It all depends on the employer and what hours they assign as first shift. Still, you can count on the first shift running from morning until the afternoon or early evening. It’s best for people who like working during the daytime or those who don’t mind waking up early and prefer to have their evenings and nights off.  

Second Shift 

The second shift starts where the first shift leaves off, or there might be some overlap. Second shift hours might run from 4 pm to midnight, or 5 pm until 1 in the morning. Second-shifters start work late afternoon or early evening and end around midnight or a bit later. This is a good choice for those of us who aren’t morning people, and it gives you time in the mornings to run errands and take care of obligations. Plus, second-shifters usually avoid the rush-hour traffic that first-shifters have to contend with. 

Third Shift 

The third shift is also called the night shift, and it’s just what it sounds like: working overnight. Third-shift employees might clock in at midnight and work until 8 am. 11 pm to 7 am is another standard third shift. This shift is suitable for night owls who don’t mind staying up through the night, and it also leaves plenty of daytime free to take care of things when you need to. For those who can manage the sleep cycle, the third shift is suitable for many reasons.  

Are you interested in exploring another shift? Whether it’s the first, second, or third shift that you’re looking for, Axiom Staffing Group’s expert recruiters can place you with an employer who values your contributions. Contact our team and browse our open jobs here to get started.