Last year, a veteran IT manager who had spent her career working traditional business hours at a California entertainment company switched to a shift that ended at midnight. It was an eye-opener. "You do nothing but sleep and work on the days you work. You really feel that you have nothing to do with the 'business' of the business anymore. It was the most isolating experience professionally I have ever had," she says.
For decades, many IT night-shift workers have echoed similar sentiments. Some people prefer to work during the wee hours. But even die-hard night owls struggle with the physical and psychological demands of working when everyone else is asleep.
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