Shift Schedules for the Food Manufacturing Industry

Shift work – The more you learn about it, the more you find out how much you didn’t know. I have friends that know very little about what I do for a living.  When I say “I evaluate, design and implement shift schedules,” they will respond with “Aren’t all shift schedules basically the same?” I […]

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Don’t tell me what to do!

After 26 years of working with hourly employees all the way up to senior corporate executives, one thing strikes me as a universal truth – We don’t like to be told what to do. Shift workers are no different. Knowing this, at Shiftwork Solutions, we have developed a process of communication and participation to help […]

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What is the Worst Shift to Work? Night Shift? Afternoon Shift?

In my last post I talked about shift workers’ preferred shift, which is day shift, and the implications of that preference on worker satisfaction levels.  An obvious follow-on question to the preferred shift assignment is to understand shiftworkers’ least-preferred shift. Over the last 23 years working with shift work operations, I have observed that there is often […]

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Everyone Wants to Work Day Shift, Right? Think again!

We all know that shift work, and especially night shift, is difficult. For some folks it can lead to disrupted sleep patterns and non-traditional social interactions with friends and family members. As a result, it is a common perception that, when it comes to shift work, everyone would prefer to work the day shift. Over […]

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How many people does it take to staff your schedule? (Part 2)

There is a short answer and a long answer to this question.  Here is a link to the short answer. Now for the long answer: Take a look at the “short answer” in the previous blog post.  That is a good place to start. The following should be considered to refine the number you get […]

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The difference between “a schedule” and “your schedule”

The number one way that companies find a shift schedule is to hold a meeting and ask, “So, does anyone know of any shift schedule patterns?” There are several false assumption built into this methodology.  One is that all schedules are created equal; that any schedule that covers the hours needed is as good as […]

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Safety Footnotes

At Shiftwork Solutions, safety concerns are definitely something we have to pay attention to.  We keep abreast of safety research as it applies to shiftwork and bring that knowledge to the table when working with companies. Over the years, there are a few standard issues that come up.  I’d like to cover those now.  I […]

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