Running a business is no easy feat. With so many functional and operating activities taking place on a daily-hourly basis, it is vital that your business is able to successfully schedule and manage its employees.
Your employees are essentially your most significant assets in ensuring efficient productivity. It only makes sense that you know how to manage them successfully. The term “manage” can seem broad, impersonal and completely unaccommodating.
When we use the term “manage” we essentially mean knowing where each employee is, what their function is and when that function needs to be present at any given time of your business’ operational day. For this, you can use rotating shift schedules.

What is a rotating shift schedule?

A rotating shift schedule is a very specific way of organising your employees and their business functions. The term “rotating” speaks for itself. You move your employees around various business activities to ensure that these functions are well staffed and operated 24/7 at any given time during a 4-week cycle.

Types of rotating shift schedules

There are various types of rotating shift schedules:

  • The 8 hours rotating shift schedule: this schedule works using 4 teams and three 8 hour shifts. The cycle lasts for 28 days then repeats. It allows each team to work seven days and get two days off. If your business requires night shifts, then swing shifts and night shifts can be included.
  • The 2-2,3-2,2-3 rotating shift schedule: this schedule uses 4 teams and two 12 hour shifts to ensure 24/7 staffing. The numbers speak for themselves. Each team works two consecutive days, and gets two off, then works three and gets two off, then works two and gets three off. Until the 4-week cycle is complete then repeats.

We have just mentioned two of the more popular rotating shifts schedules but there are so many more, these can be designed and tailored to suit your business needs.

Why use rotating shift schedules?

The main benefit of using a rotating shift schedule is that it allows employees to have consecutive days off for rest. This is especially beneficial for businesses operating in highly intense manual labour functions.
This means you don’t have tired, over worked employees on call, as this can often result in errors being made. And we all know that errors in business are costly.
Rotating shift schedules also allow for amazing flexibility for your staff through shift swapping.
Using rotating shift schedules can be of incredible value to your business. So, why not get one designed for your business today.

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