Man am I the only person who *prefers* to work longer hours and fewer days? Even with an 8 hour day I usually don't feel like doing much on a day I'm working so having more days off is better for me. Plus it's less total time spent traveling to/from work. I'd rather work the extra four hours since I'm there anyway. I know some nurses work 8s but I'd be really bummed if they made it mandatory....
I actually don’t think a 3/12 schedule is so bad. (I’m doing it at New Job, after all.) But at my Old Job there was a lot of slippage into 4/12 or 3/16 territory. At that point, the extra days off are wasted because I’m too damn tired to do much anyway.
Also, it really depends what you’re doing. If it’s a reasonable pace with some downtime, sure, 12 hours slips right by. If I’m on my feet dashing from crisis to crisis, I just can’t physically sustain that much.
I wouldn’t want to make a 5/8 schedule mandatory, but I would like employers to treat employees who are willing to do 12s responsibly, instead of using them as Infinite Work Dispensers. I guess that’s my real complaint.