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Food Manufacture article - Helping factory manager’s effectively plan shift working

Rob Crossman features in leading sectoral title Food Manufacture. He explores how to overcome factors in demand volatility and the economic fallout of the pandemic with a regular r...

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Read our free e-book where we help manufacturers modernise resourcing models given demand volatility and economic pressures, skills shortages, automation and macro issues such as C...

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Manufacturing Shift Work Clinic

Free confidential 1-2-1 consultation with one of our sector experts who’ve delivered workforce planning and management projects across manufacturing

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Ports Shift Work Clinic

Free confidential 1-2-1 consultation with one of our sector experts who’ve delivered workforce planning and management projects for ports and cargo businesses

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Distribution Shift Work Clinic

Free 1-2-1 consultation with one of our sector experts who’ve delivered countless workforce planning and management projects across distribution

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Return to work by introducing shift patterns

Advice and tips around designing and managing staggered shift patterns in support of your return to work plan.

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Personnel Today - Helping HR professionals plan safe working during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Best practice shift pattern design by Robert Crossman as featured in the leading HR title, Personnel Today

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Management Today - Workforce scenario planning around Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We feature in ‘A top-level guide to scenario planning’ published by Management Today

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Key workforce management considerations around shift patterns, rotas and rosters

Key workforce management considerations around shift patterns, rotas and rosters during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Planning shift work in a crisis

Advice on adapting shift patterns, rotas and rosters to support employee well-being and operational capacity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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On-Demand Webinar | COVID-19 and Shift Work Challenges

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is placing huge strain on employers and shift workers. Listen to our webinar for some key tips and advice we can offer to meet these challenges

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Adapting shift patterns, rotas and rosters

Read here about what organisations are telling us…and how we are responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ways we are supporting service levels and employee well-being

With the uncertainty around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to ensure all customers and other stakeholders are aware of our plans to support well-being, business continuity, serv...

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Workforce Planning Masterclass

The UK's leading event on optimising shift work

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Managing change: Overcoming common shift work challenges in Manufacturing

Read our article on overcoming common shift work challenges within the Manufacturing industry

Events

Manufacturing Shift Work Clinic

Free 1-2-1 consultation with one of our sector experts who’ve delivered countless workforce planning and management projects for manufacturers

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A brief introduction to Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours

This article looks at Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours and covers strategies to implement and manage this resourcing system

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Exploring a 'new' way of working with Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours

Explore the fundamentals of Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours including how the framework can address issues around productivity, flexibility and employee wellbeing

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

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

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Overcoming common shift work planning and management challenges in manufacturing

Exploring shared sector pain points and how to address them

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Highlights from the Ambulance Leadership Forum 2019 

Highlights from the Ambulance Leadership Forum 2019

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Working Time Solutions views on skills shortages featured in Manufacturing Management

A summary of our article in Manufacturing Management which discusses whether manufacturers’ shift patterns are fit for purpose in tackling staff shortages.

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Ports & Airports - Why continued Brexit uncertainty is pushing workforce planning up the agenda

Workforce planning will be key to avoiding operational problems or capitalising on opportunities.  

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On route to optimisation: Transforming shift working for field-based employees

This article explores the benefits optimised shift working delivers for employers and field-based service managers or engineers

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Shifting the dial: Workforce optimisation and regulatory frameworks in Utilities

Creating optimised and flexible shift patterns and rotas could strengthen utilities companies’ RIIO-2, PR19 and AMP7 plans.

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Seasonal shift patterns in manufacturing: Don’t let peak production periods harm your business

Responsive resourcing systems are key to managing cyclical demand efficiently and effectively.

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

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

Case Studies

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Designing new shift patterns for 5,000 employees

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

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

Weather the storm…preparing the utilities workforce for extreme events

How workforce planning can be used to mitigate risk, increase resilience and maintain compliance

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Examples of shift patterns and traditional approaches to shift working

"Settling on a traditional or standard shift pattern may lead to issues"

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‘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 reflect seasonal demand

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

Offsetting rising labour costs through shift pattern design and effective roster management

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

Holiday headaches...planning annual leave for shift workers

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

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

The importance of employee engagement when making changes to Working Time

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

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

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

Tips and guidance on how to minimise disruption to the workforce during adverse weather

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

Arguments for and against these shift patterns and 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

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

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

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

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"

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Workforce Planning Masterclass Review

"Providing a brief overview of our recent educative events"

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4 steps to minimise the impact of adverse weather

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

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Monitoring and preventing employee absence

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

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Shift pattern design - are you compliant?

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

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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."

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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"

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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"

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

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

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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."

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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"

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Optimising crew rosters to reduce reliance on private ambulance

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

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Britain’s productivity problem and workforce planning

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

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Work can be Local Authorities' flexible friend

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

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7 workforce planning tips to reduce absence

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

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Top tips for monitoring and reducing employee absence levels

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

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Delivering 15-20% savings in Local Authority departments

"Designing shift patterns that bridge the funding gap"

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

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

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Travel to work can now be classed as Working Time

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

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Masterclass in reducing costs by optimising shift patterns

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

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Ineffective rostering is at the heart of the NHS’ problems

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

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Excessive overtime & how to reduce your use

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

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Mitigating the impact of night shifts through roster design

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

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Poor workforce planning createcd NHS reliance on agency staff

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

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Effective employee engagement around Working Time change

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

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