The brutal psychological toll of erratic work schedules

Stacey, a single mother, was getting 30 hours a week when she first started working at a big-box store in the Bay Area, in early 2015.

But her hours had grown erratic by the time we interviewed her a few months later: 20 hours one week, 12 the next, then 12 again and then only eight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2019, with the headline 'The brutal psychological toll of erratic work schedules'. Print Edition | Subscribe