CHENNAI: ‘Work hard, party harder’ is not the mantra of all ITES professionals in the graveyard shift, say several young people. The stereotype could apply to some people but not all, said Jenny, a software engineer.
Another youth set the proportion of those who opt to party the weekend away at above 70 per cent. On the contrary, Jenny prefers to meet her friends on Saturday and keeps Sundays sacred to herself – “I cook for myself and enjoy my own company,” she says.
For Vinod, quality analyst, the two days he can take off could be Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday. The entertainment people choose depends entirely on the person, he points out.
A large number of the night shift working population in these jobs come from outside, said one professional. For them, hanging out with friends is the best option for the weekend.
“They wouldn’t want to stay alone after a hectic 5-day week and look for available avenues to have a good time. They also don’t get proper sleep and drinking is high,” he said.
Amar Deepak, who formerly did a night-shift job, kept himself busy through the weekend pursuing other interests.
“I don’t drink or party. I am involved in music and enjoy playing my guitar,” he said.
Offices also try to build the team spirit by organising dinners and parties within or outside the premises. “There is no pressure to attend these, but office parties are a good way to network with people I wouldn’t speak to otherwise,” a young professional said.
Some people work well-defined nine-hour shift. For others on projects, timings can be unpredictable. That is why Jenny makes her plans to meet friends only for Saturdays. Chilling out with friends is likely to be the most common plan for techies in the city, she says.