My latest piece for dentistry.co.uk deals with getting enough downtime and talks about my experiences in the steelworks. Hint: always have your next break planned.
Planning holidays and down time is important to avoid breakdowns and potentially disaster, Alun Rees says.
The most physical, and dangerous, summer job I had was at the East Moors Steel Works in Cardiff.
During one 16-day period known as ‘stop fortnight’, I worked with the gang cleaning the rolling mills.
During that period, I worked daily 12-hour shifts, rising to 16 on weekends.
The significant overtime pay probably contributed to the demise of the British steel industry.
But I was glad of distraction whilst waiting for my A-level results.
Steelworks are terrifying places, which routinely run round the clock.
Exceptions being the summer ‘stop fortnight’ and Christmas when holidays were taken and the mills and some other machines were stripped down and cleaned.
What has this to do with dental businesses?….