Julie is an office worker in a marketing company. She has a nine-to-five job as a secretary and works regular hours. Sometimes she works overtime because she has to fill in for other collegues when they are on sick leave. She likes her work even though she is not always able to go home at a reasonable time.
Mark is a Sales Manager in a small advertising agency. His office is in the suburbs of a small city in the south east of England. He prefers the peace and quiet of a rural area to the hectic urban lifestyle. Two years ago he used to commute to work every day from Uckfield to London but then he was offered a chance to work from home using a computer and the Internet. This new type of work called telecommuting is becoming more and more common all over the world.
Kriss works in a power plant. Her weekly work schedule is made up of different shifts. For example, some weeks she only works night shift which is from midnight to seven a.m. At other times she works a split shift which makes her days very irregular. This sometimes makes it difficult for Kriss to see her family on a regular basis.
Ann works in the Human Resource Dpt of a textile company. She is responsible for the recruitment of new people and for staff training and development. She works to ensure that the right people are available to meet the company's needs in terms of quantity and quality. When necessary she recruits monthly-paid staff or even hourly-paid staff. She is also in charge of arranging the work schedule for white-collar employees and for workers at the shop floor.