Do you know that we have a lot of workers offshore, such as engineers, programmers, technicians, chefs, housekeepers, nurses and doctors? These people left home for work. If you will think about their work environment, it is very far different from the usual workplace that you know. These people are in the middle of the ocean and you cannot easily reach them by means of transportation. The only way to talk to them is through phone and online communication.
Some of you may be complaining about your salaries, workload, traffic jam and the food that you need to eat every day. But, workers offshore cannot complain about it because they are very far from the land. These people are surrounded by water and has nowhere to go when they feel bored or misses their family or loved ones. So, the only thing they can do is to do their work right and suit themselves with whatever is available offshore.
If you are an engineer and working for a company just around the city, where your family is, then you would surely feel relieved from stress the moment you see them physically. And then, at home, you know that you can relax because you have a comfortable place to sleep and a living room to watch movies. How about those offshore workers? Do you think they feel the same way, too, with their offshore living quarters? Do you even have an idea how convenient their quarters are?
How’s the room?
Lucky are the workers with the best facilities. Pretty sure that they are working under big companies, who can afford to buy and install new offshore units. Do you know that these new rooms can be ordered and sent offshore? These units are all set up and ready for use.
What’s really nice with these new types of rooms is that it has cabins and depending on the size of the room, it may contain up to four single beds. Of course, there are lockers there as well as toilet and washing facility. This might not be as comfortable as your own rooms at home. But, if this is the only room available offshore, then you have no choice, but stay there.
How about the food?
When you are on duty, of course, you will be given a break for your meal. But, you are just given around 30 minutes to enjoy the food. They offer different delicacies offshore, depending on the menu that the chef have prepared for the day.
You might feel unlucky when working on holidays and cannot celebrate with the crew. But, you do not need to worry about that because there will be meals served as a means of celebration. Another good thing here is that sometimes, you may cook your own foods or with the other workers. In such a way, you can prepare a meal that you really want to have.
We cannot avoid drinking offshore. But, alcoholic drinks are not allowed. So, you have to be patient with nonalcoholic beverages. You can find a list of nonalcoholic drinks on this site.
You can find rigs with recreational facilities, too. So, if you would like to be physically fit, then you can go to the room that is equipped with gym equipment. In my opinion, this is a good way to keep yourself busy when you are not at work. In such a way, you can avoid loneliness because pretty sure that some of your co-workers would like to keep their body physically fit, too. By the way, whatever you are doing offshore is recorded because they have TV cameras for security purposes. So, you better watch out and do not attempt wrong moves because someone is watching over you.
The rig has big television screens and theatre rooms for you to watch and then, you can also find there outlets for your iPod, so that you can listen to music. If you would like to go to the helideck to spend some time and enjoy the view, then you may stay there. And then, if you like playing some indoor sports, then why don’t you try playing games, such as table tennis?