September 13, 2019
Shiftwork Solutions uses surveys to engage the workforce as well as to find out what is really going on from their perspective. This process greatly facilitates the identification and implementation of the ideal shift schedule solution.
August 9, 2019
12-hour shifts are popular. This post highlights why that is the case. It covers: (1) Days off (2) Vacation time (3) Income and other issues as well.
August 5, 2019
Do on-the-job naps make sense? What are the potential benefits to allowing on-shift napping?
August 4, 2019
As a Plant Manager or Human Resources Manager, in a shiftwork operation, you've certainly heard "Everyone that I know wants to start the…
July 26, 2019
Reducing waste in your shift schedule can enhance your lean manufacturing operations. This article describes sources of waste that you should consider improving.
July 16, 2019
finding the optimal level of overtime; solving productivity and overtime with schedules
July 9, 2019
What makes scheduling food manufacturing different from other types of manufacturing?
June 18, 2019
Client testimonies - how Shiftwork Solutions helps organizations achieve more, have satisfied customers and workers
May 31, 2019
Attract and keep employees by knowing what they want, and how to distribute workload.
April 30, 2019
Pros and cons of the Weekend Warrior - covering 24/7
April 23, 2019
Quantity Matters. If your workforce is complaining about overtime, don’t assume that it’s always because there is too…
April 19, 2019
Scheduling maintenance for a 24/7 operation takes some planning. This post discusses how to schedule your personnel for the 3 main maintenance functions: Corrective, Preventative and Projects.
April 6, 2019
Why do people visit our site? What services do they find the most valuable? How to contact us.
April 1, 2019
A discussion about how employee preferences can impact your optimal staffing level.
March 29, 2019
How do things like local unemployment and wage competition affect your staffing decisions?
March 28, 2019
Different operational roles require different staffing considerations when changing schedules.
March 27, 2019
Every industry has its own needs which define their particular optimized staffing level.
March 26, 2019
A discussion about the costs of various labor options including overtime, straight time and temporary workers.
March 13, 2019
February 24, 2019
Both, Plant Managers and HR Managers have questions about scheduling supervision; especially with regards to a schedule change. Let's cut…
February 13, 2019
What is the difference between fixed and rotating schedules as well as any other type of schedule?
November 29, 2018
This is a short case study on a recent shiftwork project in manufacturing. The company wanted to increase output while the demand for workforce was high.
November 21, 2018
Plant managers and Human Resource managers that work with large groups of employees have almost certainly learned one clear truth: People don't…
November 13, 2018
Don't forget your shiftwork policy review when changing schedules.
November 4, 2018
November 3, 2018
November 3, 2018
November 1, 2018
October 28, 2018
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October 22, 2018
A list of 50 Best Practices for Shiftwork Operations
October 16, 2018
The most important factors determining optimal staffing levels.
October 15, 2018
How the right schedule can help attract workers when there is a lack of labor and little to no room to raise wages?
October 12, 2018
A brief discussion explaining the difficulty in changing the work schedule of your employees.
October 6, 2018
In my last post, I talked about shift workers' preferred shift, which is the day shift, and the implications of that preference on worker…
October 1, 2018
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September 29, 2018
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…
September 27, 2018
Companies are dynamic in that there are always a lot of moving parts. How can you tell what action will cause a desired outcome if you have less than perfect information?
September 23, 2018
How many people does it take to staff a schedule with full time or/and part time workers using different shift patterns.
September 11, 2018
How many people does it take to staff a schedule
September 6, 2018
how to cover 6-day schedules
September 3, 2018
How can organizations attract people to jobs that require work on nights and weekends when unemployment drops and wage pressure rises?
August 27, 2018
Dealing with misleading assumptions about shift patterns and schedules
August 20, 2018
August 13, 2018
Considerations for designing shift schedules.
August 1, 2018
safety in shift work
July 24, 2018
Part I of this series was posted a few days ago and discussed some of the problems surrounding 6-day schedules. I recommend you read that…
July 16, 2018
transitioning to 24/4 - 6-day operations
July 8, 2018
the real costs and benefits of overtime, the difference between straight and overtime costs
July 7, 2018
May 29, 2018
Suggestions for improving employee alertness
May 27, 2018
How we work with clients .
May 17, 2018
There is no doubt that shift workers prefer 12-hour shifts over 8-hour shifts. It's not that they like being at work for an extra four hours.…
April 29, 2018
making a schedule change
April 28, 2018
how to offset the anxiety that comes with change when assigning workers to their new shift and crew
April 26, 2018
How a new mixed schedule help tackle seasonality while satisfying both workers and managers.
April 24, 2018
Suppose I asked you the following question: "Will an employee make more or less money when they work overtime?"
April 5, 2018
Over the last 30 years, I have evaluated the operations of hundreds of manufacturing, processing, mining, and service organizations. Three things I…
April 2, 2018
There is no such thing as a perfectly staffed shiftwork operation. Sure, there will be days when the number of people that show up is exactly the…
April 1, 2018
In today's work environment, compressed workweeks, telecommuting and competition for labor have conspired to make 8-hour shifts a vanishing…
March 29, 2018
This posting is the first in a series of posts that will examine the relationship between the schedule your employees are working and the…
March 25, 2018
One of the most common and misunderstood issues surrounding schedules is the relationship between staffing, overtime and the schedule itself.
March 23, 2018
There is a big difference between creating a shift schedule for a manufacturing plant and a call center.
More often than not, manufacturing tends…
March 22, 2018
Everyone in the food industry is rapidly becoming aware of the new sheriff in town.
The FDA has vastly more authority than it did only a few…
March 4, 2018
How a food processor saved capacity and eliminated over-sanitation by changing from 5-day operation to 7-day opearation
March 4, 2018
More often than not, companies come to us when they are out of capacity. Overtime is high and the workforce is becoming tired. …
February 28, 2018
Measure twice, cut once.
This adage is as applicable to a schedule change as it is for those in the carpentry trade.
Make one mistake and…
February 19, 2018
I recently participated in an online forum about the "Evils of Overtime." I was surprised at how uniformly overtime is seen as…
February 14, 2018
Changing shift schedules is not like changing the curtains in your kitchen.
It's complicated. It disrupts your workforce. It takes…
February 12, 2018
Welcome to my blog on Shiftwork Operations.
My name is Jim Dillingham and for the last 25 years, I've had a job that some have called a…
January 20, 2018
DO-s and DON't-s of changing schedules
November 9, 2017
I just saw a post on LinkedIn where a LEAN expert mentioned that 20% of implementing LEAN is having the right tools. The other 80% is the mindset. In…
May 2, 2017
How to provide a shift schedule that gives your workforce the work-life balance they need.
April 24, 2017
February 8, 2017
8-hour or 12-hour schedules?
September 16, 2016
A list of things and areas that need to be looked at before you change schedules in your main area of focus.
August 4, 2016
Considerations for staffing your shiftwork operations
July 12, 2016
Human Resource considerations for shiftwork operations
July 5, 2016
The shiftworker perspective
June 30, 2016
Signs that you need a new shift schedule
June 28, 2016
shiftwork policies and overtime for salaried personnel.
January 19, 2016
change management in a shiftwork operation
February 1, 2010
We are typically asked about ways to lower overtime. It is clear that most companies view overtime as a necessary evil. They try to get it as low as…
December 10, 2009
Often, when we start on a project with a company, the question will be asked, "Can we put in more than one schedule?" The intent is to…
December 2, 2009
The problem with all night shifts, regardless of shift length, is that they don't match up with the lifestyles of the rest of the world. On…
November 24, 2009
Most people that come to our site are thinking "I need a shift schedule so all I need to do is search the internet until I find a pattern that I…
November 12, 2009
Lean manufacturing means reducing waste and continuously improving. Using the wrong shift schedule creates waste. Implement a schedule that minimizes waste.
October 19, 2009
I recently received a telephone call from a company that was having problems with their shift schedule. The problem, it seemed, was that people…
October 12, 2009
Overtime is a topic that I could write a book about and still only hit the highlights. My intention is to, from time to time, post something about…