This is a fast rotating shift pattern that uses 4 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through a sequence of 2 day shifts, 2 swing shifts, 2 night shifts, and 2 days off over an 8-day cycle.
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|Name||Metropolitan Plan, also referred to as the 2-2-2 Rota|
|Shifts||Day (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)|
|Repeat Cycle||8 days|
|Rotation||Fast, forward rotation from day shift to swing shift to night shift|
|Average Hours per Week||42|
|Staffing Fluctuation||Balanced from shift to shift and day to day|
|Common Usage||Popular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts|
|Notes||This is an alternative to the Continental plan for 24/7 operations using 8-hr shifts. It reduces the maximum number of consecutive work nights from 3 to 2, and consecutive work days from 7 to 6. The Continental plan, however, provides 3 consecutive days off and ensures 1 free weekend every 4 weeks.|