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Panama Plan

This is a slow rotation plan that uses 4 teams and two 12-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. The working and non-working days follow this pattern: 2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off. Each team works the same shift (day or night) for 28 days then switches over to the other shift for the next 28 days. After 56 days, the same sequence starts over.

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Plan ID C4TR12-2
Name Panama Plan
Applicability 24/7 operations
Teams Required 4
Shifts Day (12-hr), Night (12-hr)
Repeat Cycle 56 days
Rotation Slow rotation between day and night shifts
Average Hours per Week 42
Staffing Fluctuation Balanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • Every other weekend off
  • No night shifts for 28 consecutive days
  • Long shifts (12 hours)
  • Averaging only 26 weekend-off days per year
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common Usage Popular with military and security service organizations in the United States

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