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Shiftworkers rank shift schedules using 10-hour shifts above every other shift length.  10-hour shifts allow the workforce to work four days each week and have three days off (often a three-day weekend) without the need to work longer shifts like 12-hour shifts.  The trade-off between the 10-hour day and the extra day off each week is often viewed as a net gain for the workers on the schedule.

There are numerous 10-hour shift patterns.  Choosing the right one for your operations depends upon your needs and the preferences of your workforce.  The following are just a couple of the options available:

 5-day coverage, single shift, rotating days off

The example below uses five employees to cover 5 days a week.  Each day will have 4 of the 5 employees come in to work.  Each employee starts in a different week.  At the end of each week, everyone rotates to the next week in the cycle.

10-hour shift schedule, 5 days/week

6-day coverage, two shifts, rotating days off, rotating and fixed shifts

The example below uses three crews (A, B and C) to cover two shifts, six days a week.  Crew A will always be on day shift.  Crew B will always be on the evening shift.  Crew C will rotate between the two shifts.

10-hour shift schedule, six days/week

        7-day coverage, one shift, rotating days off

The example below uses seven employees to cover 7 days a week.  Each day will have 4 of the 7 employees come in to work.  Each employee starts in a different week.  At the end of each week, everyone rotates to the next week in the cycle.

10-hour shift schedule, seven days/week

10-hour considerations

Many shiftworkers would prefer to work 10-hour shifts if they had the opportunity.  Unfortunately,  the number of shiftwork operations that can effectively utilize a shift of this length is relatively small.  Implementing a 10-hour schedule in the wrong environment can have a significant adverse impact on operations.  To learn more about 10-hour shifts, click on the link below.

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