The reason that you haven’t yet come up with the next breakthrough idea in staffing is because, frankly, you’ve been sleeping on the job.
There’s another workforce, and it starts about the time that the rest of us call it a day. No one knows for sure how big it is – the Bureau of Labor Statistics hasn’t collected any data on that for at least seven years. But back then it estimated at 15 percent of the total U.S. workforce was on what’s known as the night shift, or the graveyard shift, or some type of an “alternative schedule.”
That number has got to be growing. A quick check of what’s currently available on Indeed.com reveals night positions in IT, retail, fitness, warehousing, hospitality, healthcare, security, food service, mechanical production and pest control, to name a few.
Part of that is simply because in a global economy, night just means it’s daytime somewhere else. Customers there require the same sales, services and support that you provide during your daytime.
Another part is that the economy is also in a slow-recovery mode, and the night shift represents new opportunities for job seekers. Many of them are “night people” anyway so they’re more effective during the dark hours.
Plus, many of them will also tell you the benefits to working at night. There’s no rush hour. Clients sometimes offer higher wages for people willing to work at night. They can work out more practical, family-friendly schedules. There are often opportunities for advancement; in fact, some clients regard night shifters as prime candidates for promotion.
Most striking is that the above positions are available through a variety of very large and well-known companies, many of whom hire through staffing firms.
Yet less than five percent of these positions is actually being advertised by any staffing firm. And you’ll be hard pressed to find a staffing firm that specializes in night shift or alternative shift employees.
The closest we came was nightowlstaffing.com, and that’s just a job board.
What do you think? Are there opportunities for staffing the night shift?