A "shift" is the period of time that an employee has to work. Jobs that have "shifts" are usually paid by the hour. One shift is usually between 4 to 16 hours, and can sometimes have a name like:
- the late shift
- the morning shift
- the graveyard shift (a creative name for a shift that starts late at night and goes until early morning)
The verb "work" is sometimes used to talk about a shift. In a job with a shift system, you might hear an employee say:
"I'm working the afternoon shift tomorrow."