Shift Work - The 10 signs you should consider Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours

The root cause of many financial, operational, and HR issues lies in poorly designed or badly managed shift patterns.

If your labour supply is out of line with demand, then the performance of your organisation and the wellbeing of your employees is at risk.

Working Time Solutions are experts in shift work, helping organisations adopt technology and new ways of working that are proven to drastically improve productivity, reduce waste and support employees.

This includes Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours, a system of organising and managing shift work that ensures that the right amount of resource is available at the time it is needed.

We’ve compiled 10 signs which indicate you should consider this approach. Check the table below to see how many you recognise:


How Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours can help

1. Labour demand or supply fluctuates seasonally, weekly, daily or hourly.

Plan more accurately and deploy resource only when it is needed.


2. Your labour costs are unpredictable.

Ensure demand is covered by your core workforces’ contracted hours.


3. Overtime is necessary to meet demand levels.

Provide adequate cover during busy times by redeploying hours from quieter periods.


4. Agency staff or Zero Hours are used to provide flexibility or cover.


Use standby and banked hours systems to ‘flex’ your core workforce in  a fair way.


5. You risk breaching Working Time regulations at busy times.


Balance the workload across the workforce and gain visibility over potential risks.

6. Your machinery/equipment frequently lies idle.


Deploy teams and individuals in a way that maximises asset utilisation.


7. Your shift patterns have not been changed for years.

Adapt shift patterns to meet changing demand, employee preferences and legislation now and in the future.


8. You struggle to attract candidates for full-time positions.

Give employees more predictable working hours and patterns which   suit different life-stages and lifestyles.


9. Morale is low and your absence levels are high.

Reduce long hours working and give employees better visibility and control over their shifts.


10. Administering working time is a burden and leads to frequent errors.

Simplify the management and monitoring of shift work and eliminate    the need to manage overtime and agency labour.



If some or all of these ring true, then it would be worth exploring in more detail this method of planning, managing and monitoring shift work. 

Interested? You can find out more in our guide: A brief introduction to Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours.

We hope you find it useful.

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