Shift Patterns

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There are various shift patterns commonly used in different industries, including 2-shift and 5-and-2 patterns. Here are shift patterns commonly used in various industries. Many industries may use customised shift patterns based on their specific operational needs and workforce requirements.

2-shift pattern

This typically consists of two shifts covering a 24-hour period. Common variations include:

5-and-2 pattern

This involves working five consecutive days followed by two days off. It's commonly used in industries such as retail and healthcare. Variations include:

4-shift pattern

Involves four shifts rotating over a set period, such as a week or a month. Examples include:

3-shift pattern

Utilised in industries requiring 24/7 coverage, with three shifts rotating throughout the day. Examples include:

Continental shift pattern

Involves rotating shifts covering both day and night hours, typically over a two-week period. Employees work a series of day and night shifts followed by days off.

Fixed shift pattern

Employees work the same shift consistently without rotation. Examples include:

12-hour shift pattern

Involves working 12-hour shifts, typically alternating between day and night shifts. Examples include:

Weekend shift pattern

Employees work shifts primarily on weekends, with weekdays off. Examples include:

Split shift pattern

Involves dividing the workday into two parts with a break in between. Examples include:

Flexible shift pattern

Employees have the flexibility to choose their own shifts within certain parameters. Examples include:

On-call shift pattern

Employees are on standby and are called in to work as needed. Examples include:

Part-time shift pattern

Involves working fewer hours or shifts per week compared to full-time employees. Examples include:

Rotating shift pattern with fixed days off

Employees work rotating shifts but have fixed days off each week. Examples include:

Shift pattern with compressed workweeks

Employees work longer hours per day but fewer days per week. Examples include:

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