Events

Working Fatigue Risk Management in Practice: A Working Time Solutions & HSE Joint Event - SOLD OUT

Develop your understanding of fatigue, share risk management experiences, discuss challenges & create solutions

White Papers

A ticking time bomb?...The 'top 10' Working Time risks

Does your approach to managing shift workers put you at risk of punitive fines, lost business or reputational damage?

Blogs & Latest News

Rotas that meet demand and employee aspirations will be key to the future of ambulance services

Discussions at the Ambulance Leadership Forum highlighted the importance of engagement and adapting to change

Blogs & Latest News

Managing 24/7 shift patterns for Siemens

WORK Suite® software helps Siemens Healthineers manage 7 days a week operation

Blogs & Latest News

Ambulance Leadership Forum - Time is of the essence

Rosters, rotas, shifts…call them what you will; but resourcing patterns have the potential to influence many of the issues under discussion

Blogs & Latest News

Looking to improve shift patterns? Our Workforce Planning Events and Webinars will help

We regularly host Workforce Planning events and free webinars designed specifically to help organisations looking to improve the productivity and wellbeing of shift workers

Events

Utilities Workforce Optimisation Seminar: Sharing innovations in Demand-Led Rostering

Learn how innovative shift patterns and working time arrangements can deliver a more responsive and efficient workforce

Events

Emergency Services Roster Review Seminar: Sharing best practice

Build your knowledge around how to design dynamic rosters that respond to changing demand profiles

Events

Webinars

Our webinar schedule for the next few months

Blogs & Latest News

Workforce Optimisation…plugging technology gaps in an airport environment

Airports looking to optimise shift patterns need to ensure their workforce planning and management systems are capable of handling seasonal peaks and fluctuations in demand

Blogs & Latest News

2017 - Working Time in review

Barely a week goes by without something related to Working Time hitting the headlines

Blogs & Latest News

4 steps to minimise the impact of adverse weather this winter

Adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on organisations which do not have contingency plans in place to ensure that the workforce is managed successfully

Blogs & Latest News

Healthy…happy…flexible - Shift patterns & employer brand

The battle for talent feels like it’s turning into a war of attrition

Events

Roster Review Clinics for Emergency Services

Free 1-2-1 consultation with our workforce planning and management experts

White Papers

Workforce optimisation...plugging technology gaps in an airport environment

As passenger numbers increase, airports face significant challenges in ensuring that they have the right amount of staff in place at all times

Blogs & Latest News

Views from the 2017 Food and Drink IT Summit: Brexit & the importance of flexible shift patterns

Brexit planning is driving many manufacturers to appraise their current working patterns and explore the benefits of investing in the implementation of Demand-Led Rostering

Blogs & Latest News

Emergency services: Rosters that support performance, budgets and work-life balance

The rosters have ensured more crews are available to respond to emergency calls which has improved response times

Blogs & Latest News

Shift pattern sickness? Protecting employee health with Working Time arrangements

4 key considerations when exploring the impact your shift patterns may be having on employee health

Blogs & Latest News

How many days in a year? The mechanics of Working Time

Demand planning is a key element of workforce planning and management

White Papers

Healthy…happy…flexible - Using shift patterns to enhance employer brand

The battle for talent feels like it’s turning into a war of attrition

Blogs & Latest News

WTS features in Manufacturing Management asking: Is it time to look again at Annualised Hours?

How Annualised Hours can support manufacturers’ responsiveness, productivity and resilience during a time of strategic workforce challenges

Blogs & Latest News

How’s your balance? Considering shift workers in ‘Work-life week’

For organisations with working hours outside the traditional 9am - 5pm, the task of reaching a good work-life balance becomes significantly more challenging

Blogs & Latest News

Avoiding Ryanair's Holiday Planning Headaches

"Holidays are supposed to be relaxing…but for those involved in workforce planning and management they are often an administrative nightmare"

Blogs & Latest News

Police policy: the importance of shift patterns and work-life balance

"Working Time and shift patterns influence everything from productivity through to employee health and motivation"

Case Studies

South Western Ambulance Service

“Helping deliver a highly successful roster review”

Blogs & Latest News

Could Annualised Hours solve the precarious scheduling issue?

“The past decade has seen a fragmenting of working time, as firms have saved costs by increasing shift flexibility through a variety of mechanisms”

Case Studies

Siemens Healthineers

A workforce planning and management solution to help Siemens Healthineers work 7 days a week

Blogs & Latest News

User Groups: Connecting customers, sharing ideas and learning best practice

These free sessions provide managers and users of our software with valuable guidance, tips and short cuts that ensure they make the most of our powerful technology

Blogs & Latest News

Highlighting working patterns role in Utility companies’ recruitment and retention

How shift patterns can play a vital role in tackling the threat posed by skills shortages and an aging workforce

Blogs & Latest News

Overcoming Working Time shortfalls in T&A / ERP systems

Working Time optimisation projects can fail to achieve the desired benefits if crucial gaps in an organisation's T&A / ERP system are not identified and addressed

Blogs & Latest News

Workforce Planning for an uncertain future

Whilst economic and political turmoil has always affected workforce planning and management, it feels like we’re living in exceptional times

Blogs & Latest News

Taylor Report - A Missed Opportunity For Shift Workers

It’s long been our belief that the rapid rise of zero-hour contracts and agency working is because they provide a ‘lazy’ alternative to addressing outdated and inflexible resourcin...

White Papers

Mind the gap - Overcoming Working Time shortfalls in T&A / ERP systems

We identify where the principal Working Time-related gaps may be in T&A/ERP systems and the common issues this creates

Blogs & Latest News

Holiday headaches...the hidden cost of annual leave

An effective Workforce Planning & Management system is your passport to success

Blogs & Latest News

Annualised Hours - helping the Coastguard save money and protect the service

Designing new shift patterns to help this emergency service align labour provision with demand

Blogs & Latest News

Sharing best practice at the Ambulance Trust Roster Review Forum

The Roster Review Forum explored how to create and manage dynamic and responsive rosters

Blogs & Latest News

New CTO to roll out SaaS version of Work Suite®

Paul Roberts joins Working Time Solutions as Chief Technology Officer to spearhead the ongoing development of our workforce planning and management software

Blogs & Latest News

Zero to hero? - Delivering a ‘right to request’ fixed hours

The rumoured change to zero-hours contracts could see employees on zero-hours given the ‘right to request’ a move onto fixed-hours contracts

Case Studies

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

By designing optimised shift patterns, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency could meet variations in demand while reducing labour costs and protecting vital skills

Blogs & Latest News

Mind the Skills Gap: Modernising Shift Patterns in Utilities

The threat posed by skills shortages and an ageing workforce requires utility companies to explore ways of attracting the new talent whilst retaining experienced employees

Blogs & Latest News

Managing the National Living Wage rise for shift workers

Modernising and maintaining optimised shift patterns could help offset labour cost increases and provide protection against costly legislation breaches

Events

Workforce Planning Masterclass

Helping you create and maintain optimised shift patterns

Blogs & Latest News

10 signs you should consider Annualised Hours

Adopting Annualised Hours enables truly responsive Demand-Led Rostering systems to be created

Blogs & Latest News

Helping Government address precarious employment & 'the future world of work'

Reducing reliance on 'precarious' forms of employment through Annualised Hours and Demand-Led Rostering systems

White Papers

Making Annualised Hours work for the UK - Part 1: Exploring a 'new' way of working

We explore the fundamentals of Annualised Hours including how the framework can address issues around productivity, flexibility and employee wellbeing

Case Studies

Premier Foods

One of the UK's largest food manufacturers saved £1m by designing seasonal shift patterns that better met demand...reducing use of overtime and temporary labour

White Papers

Shifting sands...Brexit's impact on workforce planning and management

We explore the questions Brexit poses around workforce productivity, flexibility and compliance

Case Studies

Wales & West Utilities

This utility company modernised shift patterns for 300 emergency engineers to boost efficiency, streamline practices and meet new regulatory requirements

White Papers

Annualised hours...a brief introduction to this efficient approach to resourcing

This paper looks at Annualised Hours and covers strategies to implement and manage this resourcing system

Case Studies

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Designing new shift patterns for 5,000 employees

White Papers

Smarter not harder...avoiding the trap of excessive working hours

We identify common causes of excessive hours, evidence the impact and look at how to tackle overworking

White Papers

Weather the storm…preparing the utilities workforce for extreme events

We look at how workforce planning can be used to mitigate risk, increase resilience and maintain compliance

Blogs & Latest News

Examples of shift patterns and traditional approaches to shift working

"Finding an appropriate shift-pattern which matches the specific needs of the organisation is critical"

Blogs & Latest News

‘Peak pain’…Black Friday & festive workforce planning challenges

"A fully optimised workforce could make all the difference in 2017"

Case Studies

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Airport Authority made significant and sustainable payroll savings by designing shift patterns that accurately reflects seasonal demand

White Papers

National Living Wage...using shift patterns to offset rising costs

We outline how shift pattern design and effective roster management can offset rising labour costs

Case Studies

PPG

Introducing Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours delivered a wide range of benefits for this manufacturer

Case Studies

Cheshire West and Chester Council

This local authority used Demand-Led Rostering to deliver efficiencies whilst protecting jobs

White Papers

Solving the puzzle...improving workforce productivity

We look at how organisations can improve their productivity through changes to Working Time

Case Studies

Thames Water

This utility company designed new shift patterns to create £10m of efficiencies and meet regulatory demands

White Papers

Holiday headaches...planning annual leave for shift workers

We identify common issues, evaluate gross/net hours systems and explore how to maintain productivity whilst accommodating annual leave

Case Studies

Unilever

This food manufacturer's new shift patterns increased efficiency from 55% to 85%, while reducing administration time and boosting staff morale

White Papers

All aboard...gaining employee buy-in for a Working Time change

We look the importance of employee engagement when making changes to Working Time

Case Studies

Emirates Aluminium

New shift patterns prioritise work-life balance for Emirates Aluminium employees

Case Studies

Accolade Wines

This wine distributor implemented a new shift pattern with fully rostered holidays and an allowance of reserve hours to use during seasonal peaks in production

White Papers

The great debate...8 Vs 12 hour shift patterns

We look at the 8 vs 12 hr shift debate, explore the advantages and disadvantages of both and help define the best solution for your organisation

White Papers

Mind your step...managing a workforce during adverse weather

We share tips and guidance on how to minimise disruption to the workforce during adverse weather

Case Studies

Celtic Manor

This venue removed its over-reliance on agency workers by designing efficient new shift patterns

White Papers

Hard day's night ...permanent night shifts and the alternatives

We explore the arguments for and against these shift patterns and suggest potential alternatives

Case Studies

INEOS

Installing specialist software to provide a comprehensive database for the day-to-day planning, management and monitoring of working time

White Papers

Flexi friend...handling flexible working requests from shift workers

We explore changes to flexible working regulations and how to assess requests in a shift work environment

Case Studies

l'Anson

Implementing new shift patterns allowed this feed manufacturer to flex up during very busy periods and flex down during the quieter summer months

White Papers

In the mix...rotational Vs fixed shift patterns

We provide an analysis of these two systems including advice for designing new shift patterns

Case Studies

York Minster

This venue's security team implemented an annualised hours system that reduced administration and provided clear visibility over shift patterns

Case Studies

The University of Northampton

The security team at this university reduced high levels of overtime, improving operational planning and giving employees a better work-life balance

Events

Shift Planning Clinics

Free 1-2-1 consultation with our leading workforce planning and management consultants

Case Studies

University of London

This university implemented an annualised hours system which helped save money, reduce overtime and improve employees work-life balance

Case Studies

Health Assured

This healthcare business designed a 24/7 shift pattern to meet fluctuating demand for its services and provide flexibility for growth

Blogs & Latest News

Reducing agency worker reliance & risk in your organisation

"This ‘quick fix’ can easily become ingrained over time"

Blogs & Latest News

Workforce Planning Masterclass Review

"Providing a brief overview of our recent educative events"

Blogs & Latest News

4 steps to minimise the impact of adverse weather

"Not having workforce contingency plans for adverse weather can be catastrophic"

Blogs & Latest News

Monitoring and preventing employee absence

"Top tips for helping monitor and reduce absence levels in your organisation"

Blogs & Latest News

Shift pattern design - are you compliant?

"We’re experiencing an uplift in enquiries relating to potential working time compliance issues"

Blogs & Latest News

ARP and DOD...can the workforce respond to changing demand?

"If rolled out, many existing shift patterns may no longer effectively align labour supply with demand."

Blogs & Latest News

Top tips for managing your workforce during seasonal peaks

"Seasonal peaks are often met through an annual influx of agency staff and temporary workers or overtime"

Blogs & Latest News

Brexit creates imperative to tackle productivity issues

"Brexit should be the catalyst needed to fully address some of the biggest drags on UK productivity and efficiency"

Blogs & Latest News

Remain or Leave?...Either way Working Time will change

"Working Time legislation remains dynamic, which adds additional challenges to strategic workforce planning"

Blogs & Latest News

Football fever is a real sickness - unauthorised leave expected to spike

"Software can play a central role in tackling the root causes and impact of absence, whether legitimate or otherwise."

Blogs & Latest News

Meeting spikes in demand with your existing workforce

"When organisations experience an upturn in business, there is a tendency to rush to deploy temporary labour"

Blogs & Latest News

Optimising crew rosters to reduce reliance on private ambulance

"The gap between labour demand and supply is contributing significantly to the additional spend"

Blogs & Latest News

Britain’s productivity problem and workforce planning

"Fexible working patterns deliver, productivity benefits that can be sustained into the future"

Blogs & Latest News

Work can be Local Authorities' flexible friend

"The ‘more with less’ oxymoron goes to the heart of local authorities’ seemingly impossible task"

Blogs & Latest News

7 workforce planning tips to reduce absence

"Absence levels today could cost the UK economy £34 million in lost productivity"

Blogs & Latest News

Top tips for monitoring and reducing employee absence levels

"Tackling absence generates cost savings, improves productivity and supports employee engagement"

Blogs & Latest News

Delivering 15-20% savings in Local Authority departments

"Designing shift patterns that bridge the funding gap"

Blogs & Latest News

Breaking the cycle of high overtime, low wellbeing and poor productivity

"Long hours culture does nothing to help address persistent low levels of productivity"

Blogs & Latest News

Travel to work can now be classed as Working Time

"Journeys to and from work count as working time for employees without fixed office"

Blogs & Latest News

Masterclass in reducing costs by optimising shift patterns

"Delegates wanted to know about shift pattern change, capacity issues and dependency on overtime"

Blogs & Latest News

Ineffective rostering is at the heart of the NHS’ problems

"By making working patterns more predictable and appealing, it can address high attrition rates”

Blogs & Latest News

Excessive overtime & how to reduce your use

"An overtime culture can have detrimental effects on both organisations and their employees"

Blogs & Latest News

Mitigating the impact of night shifts through roster design

"Numerous studies link long term night working with breast cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease"

Blogs & Latest News

Poor workforce planning createcd NHS reliance on agency staff

"Shift patterns that match predicted demand will reduce the need for agency support"

Blogs & Latest News

Effective employee engagement around Working Time change

"Read a comprehensive report on the leading workforce planning and management event"

Book a free 1-2-1 consultation at our Shift Planning Clinics

Consult free with experts in Working Time, shift pattern design and roster management