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Don’t Work Shiftwork! One Person’s View on Marriage

Posted August 26th, 2012

I was in a control room a few weeks ago and saw a monthly fatigue newsletter.  The subject was  how shift work affected marriages.   Like most articles on marriage  there was advice about better communication, making the best of the situation, having regular date nights or days, and similar approaches.    Some shift worker, as indicated in the photo, had the best advice.  It may not be realistic, but I can sense frustration in the exclamation point.

Don't Work Shiftwork!

When I worked shift work, it helped that my wife did not have a job outside the home.  I had worked pipeline construction for years, which provided a good income at times when there was work.    But we decided that a job with a regular paycheck, insurance, and a retirement plan had advantages even if shift work was involved.   Certainly, shift work presents challenges, but other occupations do also.   The key in our marriage was agreeing to our roles within the marriage and our commitment to one another and our children.

This entry was posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 1:28 pm and is filed under Managing Fatigue.
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