Erratic Work Hours Are Highly Disruptive To Job And Home Responsibilities


Staten Island business bank notes survey's admonitions of burdensome impact


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The first nationwide survey of its kind assessing work schedules has found dramatic evidence of instability among employees who are subject to unpredictable timing.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, says this challenge to even the best workers could erode their juggling of work and home responsibilities.

When work schedules are unpredictable, family and school routines suffer because employees re-shuffle meals, homework and bedtimes around variable work hours, the University of Chicago found.

A dramatic revelation was that almost half of young workers receive their work schedules with one week’s notice or less.

Such prevalence shows how widespread volatile scheduling has become.

A schedule's unpredictability and fluctuating hours are not limited to the bottom of the labor market.

Even at the upper end, about a third of professionals, business staff and technicians say their employer decides the timing of their work without their input, the researchers said.

The survey found that more than 25 percent of these workers receive their work schedules with one week’s notice or less, and more than 75 percent of early-career workers in these upper tier occupations reported work-hour fluctuations of at least 30 percent during the interval studied.

The precarious pattern was found across the labor market among early-career workers, but especially among minorities and those who work part-time or are paid by the hour.

Fluctuations in scheduling are particularly common in low-wage occupations where the variability makes it difficult to predict earnings week-to-week, according to the study.

For example, food service workers almost universally experience wide work-hour fluctuations, varying on average by what amounts to 68 percent of usual work hours.

Half of retail workers learn about their work schedule with one week’s notice or less, and half of janitors and housekeepers report that their employer completely controls the timing of their work.


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at

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