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Rotating Shift Schedule: Metropolitan Plan

This is a fast rotation plan that uses 4 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through a sequence of 2 day shifts, 2 swing shifts, 2 night shifts, and 2 days off over an 8-day cycle.

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Characteristics

Plan ID C4TR08-2
Name Metropolitan Plan, also referred to as the 2-2-2 Rota
Applicability 24/7 operations
Teams Required 4
Shifts Day (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle 8 days
Rotation Fast, 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
  • 2 consecutive days off every 8 days
  • Maximum 2 consecutive night shifts
  • 8-hr shifts
Minuses
  • A free weekend (Saturday and Sunday) comes only once in every 8 weeks
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common Usage Popular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts
Notes This is an alternative to the Continental plan for 24/7 operations using 8-hr shifts. It reduces the maximum number of consecutive work nights from 3 to 2, and consecutive work days from 7 to 6. The Continental plan, however, provides 3 consecutive days off and ensures 1 free weekend every 4 weeks.

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