Preparation is part of Doing

I just saw a post on LinkedIn where a LEAN expert mentioned that 20% of implementing LEAN is having the right tools. The other 80% is mindset. In other words, the table must be set in order for dinner to be served. It strikes me that this is an “oft-overlooked” phase of every project. I […]

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Be Careful What You Ask For – Part One

Once upon a time, about 28 years ago now, nearly every 24/7 operation in the country was using some version of a rotating 8-hour schedule.  Ten years ago, I used to ask large groups of employees if any of them have ever worked one of those outdated 8-hour schedules and inevitably, several hands would go […]

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The next generation of shift work schedules

As unemployment drops and wage pressures rise, companies are scrambling to find ways to attract people.  This is an especially challenging task for companies that work around the clock.  How can they be expected to attract people to jobs that require work on nights and weekends? Here is an example of two schedules that work […]

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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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