So, I was surprised to read on another thread about sick calls, that many hospitals require evening or night shift workers to call off earlier than day shift workers. For example, that day shift workers must call off at least two hours before their shift begins, but night shift workers must call off at least four hours and sometimes more, before their shift begins. This seems almost ridiculous to me. A majority of the time, people realize they are too sick to work when they get up that day/evening to get ready, not before they go to bed. A night shift worker usually wouldn't be getting up at 1 or 2 in the afternoon after working all night. That would be like a day shift worker getting up at 1 or 2 in the morning, which no one would expect them to do and rightfully shouldn't!
So I was just wondering if this is a widespread practice, and if it is, what is the reasoning behind it?
Thanks for any input/experiences!
(edit- just for what it's worth, my hospital requires all shifts to call in at least 2 hours before the start of shift, barring extenuating circumstances. it's always seemed pretty fair to me and usually works out well staffing-wise; 2 hours is usually enough to find a replacement if one's going to be found, in my experience)