What Is Second Shift?

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The hours worked by second-shift employees are typically 4 p.m. to midnight. However, these hours can vary depending on the company’s operating needs and budget.

Some businesses require their second-shift employees to work from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and others operate from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is rare for a company to request that workers report for duty at 30 minutes past the hour.

If a company does not offer a paid lunch break, workers remain on duty until 30 minutes past the time for them to go home. Second-shift workers enjoy the ability to sleep in and take care of banking and postal needs during business hours.