4-3, Ten Hour, Rotating Shift Pattern| 24/7 Shift Coverage

The 4-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift schedule uses 6 teams (crews) and 3 overlapping ten-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 3-week cycle where each team works four consecutive 10-hour first shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, works four consecutive 10-hour third shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, works four consecutive 10-hour second shifts, followed by 3 days off duty. The overlapping shifts provide extra manpower during high activity periods. This plan requires 6 teams (a minimum of 6 employees) with 3 teams on duty and 3 teams off duty at any given day. Employees in all six teams are scheduled to work on the same day, one day a week. This day can be manipulated to fall on any day of the week to cover high activity day or in-service training. Personnel work 40 hours per week.

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4-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule


Plan IDC6TR10-1
Name4-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required6
Repeat Cycle21 days
RotationSlow rotation between shifts
Average Hours per Week40
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • 40 hour work week with three days off duty
  • All personnel are scheduled to be on duty one day each week
  • Personnel work the same days of the week, every week
  • The six hours/day shift overlap could be wasteful on constant workload situations
  • 3 teams have every weekend off duty while the other 3 teams must work every weekend
Common UsageWell suited to the variable workloads confronted by police departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, EMS call centers and dispatchers
  • Shift start and end times can be set to increase coverage during daily peak periods.
  • The day of the week when all employees are schedule to work can be set when auto-generating employee’s work schedules