Many of you might be working in night shifts for BPO’s, call centres and hospitals. Just like a coin has two faces, a night shift job has its Pros and Cons. I have tried to briefly summarise some of them which seemed very obvious to me. Read on.... Grave Yard Shifts Most of the call centres, BPOs are cateriing to western countires and countries like Australia. The shifts run through out the night or at least a part of the night. They are the grave yard shifts. People are leaving their houmes to work at 12 or 2 in the night or returning in the mid of the night. This is an extremely testing experience, especially for women who have to balance between home and office. “I have got used to the night shift. I have been working like this for three years now.” Says Geetha, a married woman, who works as a finance executive for a well-known BPO in Bangalore. There are thousands of people like her around India (many other countries too), who have, as they say, got “used” to these graveyard shifts. The high remuneration is the sole bait used by the BPO’s to lure people to work while the whole country is slumbering. (Apart from their colleagues and counterparts, of course!!!). “Why not?” Say many of them. If giving up just a good night’s sleep puts their and their family’s life style on a pedestal, then why not? Consumer goods which were classified as luxury have entered the comfort zone and the comfort goods have turned out to be necessities- Thanks to the venture of these call centres and BPO’s and consequential high CTC’s. This has also resulted in a growth in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and a significant boost to the nation's economy. A decade back, owning one house was an effort for the people in the middle class. Now they are going for a second house without a hitch. People who could not afford motorbikes are now capable of buying cars. The traffic chaos in cities are explained with the resulting explosion in the number of vehicles (as if one explosion was not enough for our country to deal with – Population explosion!!!). The malls that have mushroomed all over are a proof of the increased spending power of the consumers. The standard of living has risen and this is an advantage to the nation as a whole. Before this trend started, the average indian had emotional satisfaction (exceptions always there), but craved for material comforts. Now tables have turned. People are earning more, but what are they facing on the emotional, physical and social front? More Divorceable marriages, greater health risks due to bad eating and sleeping patterns, sexually/emotionally deprived partners, rising adultery, increased robberies, deteriorating cultural and moral values, neglected children, less time for self-development and family and the list goes on. All people, working in these grave yard shifts, have experienced one or more disadvantages mentioned above. But none wants to come out of it and lose the money in the game. The salary they get here they can’t get in 9 to 5 jobs. What is the money for, if eventually one is not living a quality life? But they ask “How can we live a quality life if we don’t have enough money?” Share your experiences and views please.