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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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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
  • 2 consecutive days off every 8 days
  • Maximum 2 consecutive night shifts
  • 8-hr shifts
  • 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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