Scheduling Jail Employees: Research Explores How "Shift Work" Affects Health and Performance

Shift work is generally defined as scheduled work that is outside of the traditional workday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or work week (Monday through Friday). It is often used to describe operations that are continuous for 24 hours. Scheduling jail staff to cover a jail facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week poses many challenges and asks managers to balance competing demands and interests.

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