Not many people have to consider this topic in their normal day-to-day existence… but then again, not many people have to consider what a 24-hour facility has to cope with when Daylight Savings Time starts. Sure, most people can empathize with the “Extra hour to sleep or one hour less to sleep” thing… But what the heck are you supposed to do when you are operating on a 24 hour schedule and then we start adding and subtracting hours?
I can’t speak for Wal-Mart, 7-11, or any other number of organizations that are open all day every day, but IHOP-KC presents a unique problem. It makes for some interesting staffing dynamics, at least. So we are on the NightWatch, and the timeclock is about to change forward one hour. For us, this means you can either go home early because the 6AM sets are pretty loud and usually drowned in reverb (while not recking your sleep), or you can do the goody-two-shoes thing and stay till seven (to cover for the early morning people who forgot) and lose an hour of precious sleep in the process. When the clock changes back, the situation reverses. You can either go home when your body consideres it “on time” and gain an hour to sleep in (glory!), or you can do the goody-two-shoes thing and stay for the hour devo that the NightWatch fills in between what will then be 5 and 6 AM to catch what is usually a rockin’ set and forfeit that sleeping in. Luckily for me, I did so many hours at the beginning of this week that I am going home early to pack… Look out Philly, I’m coming to see my pholks!