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24/7 Shift Work Schedule: Rotating 8 Plan

This is a slow rotation plan that uses 4 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through the following sequence every 28 days: 7 day shifts, 2 days off, 7 swing shifts, 2 days off, 7 night shifts, 3 days off.

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Characteristics

Plan ID C4TR08-3
Name Rotating 8 Plan
Applicability 24/7 operations
Teams Required 4
Shifts Day (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle 28 days
Rotation Slow, forward rotation from day shift to swing shift to night shift
Average Hours per Week 42
Staffing Fluctuation Balanced from shift to shift and day to day
Pluses
  • At least 2 days off after any 7 working days
  • 3 days off after 7 consecutive night shifts
  • 8-hr shifts
Minuses
  • A free weekend (Saturday and Sunday) comes only once every 7 weeks
  • 7 consecutive work days
  • 7 consecutive work nights every 28 days
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common Usage Popular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts
Notes

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