Recently I was meeting with a team of union leaders and managers to discuss their shift schedules and our process for evaluating shift schedules and finding better alternatives. One of the things I often do during the introduction part of … Read the rest
Human Resource Managers; how would you like a schedule that your employees will love?
Plant Managers, how about a schedule that adds 40% more potential production hours onto your weekly schedule?
Now that the hook is baited….shall we take a … Read the rest
In my last post, I talked about shift workers’ preferred shift, which is the 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 shift workers’ least-preferred … Read the rest
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, … Read the rest
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 assumptions built into this methodology. One is that all schedules … Read the rest
There is a book by Malcolm Gladwell called Blink, the Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
In a nutshell, he talks about how too much information is not always a good thing. We often make better choices with less information rather … Read the rest
It’s human nature to not like change. There are a lot of reasons for this, among the biggest is the fear of the unknown. People “know” what’s going on now. They “know” how things work. Anything different is unknown.
A … Read the rest
Changing shift schedules is not like changing the curtains in your kitchen.
It’s complicated. It disrupts your workforce. It takes a great deal of effort in an area that you likely have very little experience AND if you make a … Read the rest