Shift patterns allow your organisation to provide a service across 24 hours of your working day, or extended hours for clients and customers who need your services or product most. When shift patterns are implemented into an employment practice, you’ll be able to extend your hours or employ more staff to work during hours which are of high demand and importance.
For example, some organisations will employ staff around the world, meaning that whilst we’re out of hours in the UK, team members on the other side of the world will be able to operate and offer full support.
There are various forms of shift patterns, including zero-hours, night shifts, four on – four off, staggered days, occasional weekend shifts and often, rotated shift patterns.
In order to streamline your shift pattern structure, you’ll need to plan shifts in advance, take into account upcoming holidays or requested leave of absence, avoid frequently changing rotas, keep rotas simple and fair, and also, avoid having a paper system in place.
Paper rotas are messy and can be difficult for employees and managers to keep track of new and updated shifts. Don’t be afraid to rely on technology and use a digitised HR module to organise and manage your shift patterns.