changing shift patterns guide

Changing to new Shift Patterns

If your Company is thinking about changing to new Shift patterns. We describe the processes involved to do this. If you have any questions, please call us.

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C-Desk Technology
Staff Rostering Consultants and Specialists

Tel: (+44) 01636 816466

Specialization and the Creation of Wealth

Adam Smith, 1723-1790, the leading figure in the development of economic theory states in his great work, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776, that great increases in production can be brought about through the division of labour.

This work has influenced government legislation and policy ever since, and is still just as relevant today. Smith asserted the basic importance of labour as the principle source of wealth and society is most productive, and wealthy, when the labour is divided and specialised

Specialists practice their speciality much more than anyone else, they are much more productive since practice makes perfect. Specialists are able to use the best tools with the best techniques using up to date modern methods.

Britain has used specialists to forge ahead of the world many times in the past, Farming in the 16th century, Isaac Newton in the 17th century, Engineering in the 18th century, Dalton (atoms), Faraday(electromagnetism), Maxwell (electricity, magnetism) in the 19th century, Antibiotics, Jet Engines, Computers, Genetics in the 20th Century.

Wealth is based on specialization. All of the worlds top companies specialise. Staff Rostering is one more specialised subject.

Just as the use of Operations Research, Operations Management and Operations Planning are separate subjects that will give you the best productivity for mechanical resouces.

Staff Rostering will give you the best productivity for Human Resources.


Our first contact with you will be because you have a problem with staffing. Typically we are given a short agenda, as in,

'Is there a roster to give us 2 staff on duty Monday-Friday and one at weekends' (Alcan)

'We need a roster to give us 2 staff on nights, one on days, 24x365' (FCO)

'We currently operate a manufacturing plant on a 3 shift 5 day operation. We want to move our operation to full 7 day working.' (Isola)

'We are a small company that are about to go to 5 shifts from 4 shifts to give us more flexibility. . Do you supply a service of giving samples of various shift patterns?'

Most of these roster requests carry 'a lot of baggage', and these problems require specialist knowledge to provide solutions. Using our expertise and experience, we help you quickly through the process. The process is:

Workload; Staffing Numbers; Shifts; Staff Employment; Staff Roster; Workload

Clearly, this is a cyclical analysis and each step is important. At each step, decisions have to be made about the future. At each step you have to Know the Unknowable. We work with you to produce a plan for the future, no matter what the future brings.

Tel: +44 1 636 816466 Fax: +44 1 636 E-mail

Contact: Alec Jezewski CDT (C-Desk Technology)

, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain,

Articles About Staff Rostering

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Theory and creating the staffing schedule
I am often asked the question, how do I start a brand new staff schedule? It can be daunting to have the task of creating a brand new manning operation, budgeting for it, and presenting it to management.
creating new schedules with VR
All of us would like to think that there is a repeatable pattern of shifts that would only have to be done once.
shift pattern generator
Staffing costs are the major expenditure of all businesses. We can tell you how to include them in your business plan.
Business Plans
If you need to keep records, have the computer generate them for you. Why not use the computer to do any calculations and presentations you have to have.
Record Keeping using VR
Considering A Merger or Acquisition? Many mergers are financial failures because the people aspects have not been planned and managed properly.
Mergers & Acquisitions consultancy
Holiday pay falls into 2 distinct variants, Did you know that?
holiday entitlements - the most difficult calculations you ever need to do.
Hotel Staff and Staffing A Hotel . Housekeeping, reception, porters, cleaning, room service, restaurant, bar, the list of departments is long enough, but each department has several grades of staff.
hotels and staffing
Visual Rota gives you the opportunity to cost out the labour element of running your establishment to as exact a figure as you like.
See your staffing costs as you prepare the schedule
The EC Working Time Directive will have an effect on all Organisations. The Elements of the EC Working Time Directive That Will Affect You
EU - Working Time Directive. 48hr/wk, Night Workers, record keeping,etc
Frequently Asked Questions about creating a staff schedule on computer.
Frequently asked questions
Visual Rota compiles additional alecrmation to be used by the operations/financial manager to be linked into forecasting on the employment of staff and budget decisions.
Using Visual Rota Statistics to make decisions
Resistance to change is inevitable people will always question methods and evaluate what they are being asked to do.
Managing Change. How to introduce changes
All organisations need a manpower plan and the essential prerequisite for any manpower planning is a statement of demand for the products of the organisation.
How to use annual hours in planning schedules
Visual Rota enables you to perform 'What If..' analyses, such as; •What if - we decide on different hours per shift?
What is Whatif analysis?
This article concentrates on one very important aspect of quality, how staffing levels are seen to affect the quality from the recipients point of view.
How having too many staff can affect quality as well as too few staff
Short staffing is when the tasks to be completed on a shift are not completed because there is not enough staff available.
Continually short staffed-fact or is it a myth
Direct E-mail to Alec at CDT Please e-mail any questions you have about Visual Rota
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Organizations and Staff Scheduling The Basics Behind Efficient Organizations
Large organizations and using Visual Rota

Health & Shiftwork

Daily task scheduling

Training in Staff Rostering

specialist advice

user guides,help & video


holiday entitlements

pay rates

creating new schedules

shift pattern generator

changing to VR

hotel staffing

staffing costs

EC Worktime Directive


Statistics & decisions

Managing Change.

annual hours

Whatif analysis?

staff & quality

short staffed





Large organizations Total capacity flexibility Examples
Business plans Saving Money Mergers/Acquisitions More: alec1, alec2
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