Our approach to shift planning, rostering and workforce management helps manufacturers boost productivity by designing shift patterns, rosters and rotas that are completely aligned to demand.

Technology, workforce empowerment and globalised competition are creating significant challenges for manufacturers that operate legacy shift patterns.

Any gap between labour supply and demand in manufacturing typically generates:

- High reliance on overtime and agency staff -

- Poorer quality of output -

- Employee stress or sickness -

- Breaches of working time regulations or health and safety legislation -

Download our free e-book 'Demanding Times: Transforming shift work in manufacturing' to see how the effective planning, management and monitoring of shift work can be the key to overcoming many central challenges faced by manufacturers.

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By implementing Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours we've helped clients develop truly responsive shift work systems that maximise hour-to-hour performance and efficiency levels...providing the mechanism to effectively manage demand variability, such as seasonality or supply exceptions such as holiday, absence or shut-downs. 

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Our work in manufacturing:

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Anticipated ROI for manufacturers:

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Flexibility and being an ‘employer of choice’ are essential if manufacturers are to remain competitive in volatile conditions.

Optimised shift planning, rostering and workforce management can help you effectively respond to change whilst supporting recruitment and retention efforts. The right shift patterns enhance work-life balance, broaden the demographics of your labour pool and provide the certainty, fairness and flexibility many people find attractive and a key differentiator.

We also regularly see complex shift work frameworks and disparate workforce management systems in manufacturing that have developed over the years in response to changing demand and working practices.

Our approach ensures shift planning, rostering and workforce management systems are simple, flexible and remain fit for purpose.

This helps lower administrative overhead, reduces the risk of errors or working time regulations compliance breaches and creates a single, secure, precise record of working time that integrates with other HR systems (including Time and Attendance) and supports decision making.

Our shift planning, rostering, employee scheduling and workforce management software will help you:

 - Increase productivity & efficiency -

Reduce overtime and agency labour costs by making more effective use of your employees’ contracted hours.

- Strengthen recruitment & retention -

Create attractive and flexible shift patterns which support diverse work-life balance demands.

- Support growth & change -

Increase the flexibility and responsiveness needed to quickly respond to threats and opportunities.

Reduce health & safety risks -

Reduce long-hours shift work and associated fatigue-related issues.

- Secure compliance & governance -

Gain instant visibility over working time data across the workforce and effectively manage regulatory and customer demands.

- Enhance flexibility & responsiveness -

Use systems such as Annualised Hours and banked hours that are responsive to demand volatility, minimise underutilisation and reduce the need.

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We've worked with a wide range of customers from food and beverage producers, chemicals and pharma specialists, advanced engineering firms and automotive and aviation manufacturers:

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