21 Team Fixed 8 Hour 5D Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This is a fixed (no rotation) plan that uses 21 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each employee is scheduled to work 5 days, 40 hours per week, and take 2 days off. On any given day, 15 teams will be scheduled to work and 6 teams will be off. Each shift will be staffed by 5 teams so the minimum number of employees per shift is five.

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21 Team Fixed 8 5D Plan Shift Schedule


Plan IDC21TF08-1
Name21 Team Fixed 8 5D Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required21
ShiftsDay (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle7 days
RotationFixed plan, no rotation
Average Hours per Week40
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • 40 hour work week for 24/7 operations
  • Fixed weekly schedule for each team
  • Same 2 days off after working five consecutive days
  • Seven teams must work continuous night shifts
  • Only one team out of five teams assigned to each shift has a weekend off
  • Must have a minimum of five employees per shift
Common Usage24/7 operations requiring 8-hr fixed shifts.
NotesFor 24/7 operations, rotating schedule plans requiring 4 or more teams are preferable. This plan may be unfair to employees who must work the night shifts.