Rotating 8 Hour Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This is a 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 28 days: 7 day shifts, 2 days off, 7 swing shifts, 2 days off, 7 night shifts, 3 days off.

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Rotating 8 Shift Pattern
 

Characteristics

Plan IDC4TR08-3
NameRotating 8 Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required4
ShiftsDay (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle28 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
  • At least 2 days off after any 7 working days
  • 3 days off after 7 consecutive night shifts
  • 8-hr shifts
Minuses
  • A free weekend (Saturday and Sunday) comes only once every 7 weeks
  • 7 consecutive work days
  • 7 consecutive work nights every 28 days
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common UsagePopular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts
Notes