5-3 5-4 5-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Pattern

The 5-3 5-4 5-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift schedule uses 5 teams (crews) and 3 overlapping ten-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 25 day cycle where each team works five consecutive 10-hour first shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, works five consecutive 10-hour third shifts, followed by 4 days off duty, works five consecutive 10-hour second shifts, followed by 3 days off duty. The overlapping shifts provide extra manpower during high activity periods. This plan requires 5 teams (a minimum of 5 employees) with 3 teams on duty and 2 teams off duty at any given day.

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5-3 5-4 5-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule
 

Characteristics

Plan IDC5TR10-2
Name5-3 5-4 5-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift Schedule
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required5
Shifts10-hr
Repeat Cycle25 days
RotationSlow rotation between shifts
Average Hours per Week42
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
Pluses
  • Workdays and offdays are rotated so personnel can have weekend days off
  • Four days off duty after the third shift
  • Five long weekends off every 18 weeks
Minuses
  • The six hours/day shift overlap could be wasteful on constant workload situations
  • Personnel do not work the same days of the week, every week
Common UsageWell suited to the variable workloads confronted by police departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, EMS call centers and dispatchers
Notes
  • This plan is drived from the 4-3 Ten Hour Rotating Shift plan to provide 24/7 coverage using only 5 teams (a minimum of 5 employees, one on each team) and about 2 hours overtime (or compensatory time) each week.