6 On 2 Off Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This is a relatively slow rotating shift pattern that uses 4 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through the following sequence every 24 days: 6 day shifts, 2 days off, 6 swing shifts, 2 days off, 6 night shifts, 2 days off.

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6 On 2 Off Shift Pattern

Characteristics

Plan IDC4TR08-4
Name6 On 2 Off Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required4
ShiftsDay (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle24 days
RotationSlow, forward rotation from day shift to swing shift to night shift
Average Hours per Week42
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
Pluses
  • 2 consecutive days off every 8 days
  • 8-hr shifts
Minuses
  • 6 consecutive work days
  • 6 consecutive work nights every 24 days
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common UsagePopular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts
Notes