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Work Shifts...definition

A work shift is a type of schedule used to keep a work team organized according to their job position, with a continuous or discontinuous rhythm, implying for the employee the necessity of working at different times of the day during a determined period of time.

There're a lot of companies and institutions that have year round jobs, seven days a week. In this case, it's common to divide the work schedule in morning, noon, and night shifts, making the employees follow a rotating process. There's different ways of organizing work shifts according to a company's policy and activities. It also depends, in particular, on how much work load an employee may have during certain year seasons, or if the employee has a predetermined schedule or it may vary, etc. During labor practice, there is a wide variety of rotating assignations. So, even if there are basic principles and rules that control the design of those plans, each situation requires its own planning and problem solving.

Shift Creator versus Sudoku...

Doing Sudoku is not always easy. But you don't have to take our word for it; ask the people that, each year, are responsible for making their company's schedule. They have to organize it in such a way that every employee gets an equal amount of hours, holidays, vacations, as the others employees that work in the same area.

Transport companies, hospitals, security services, and other companies like them, have work shifts that vary during the year depending on the day and time of the year. It is really hard for these companies to solve their shift problem since they have to organize them in a way that all employees get the same.

So what they do is something like a big Sudoku, where you place employees on rows and columns are days. A Sudoku which its solution must have the work shifts for each day, the rest and vacation days, and of course, go according to the company's policy. For example, no employee can work more than seven continuous days; the employee must have at least two continuous rest days every week; at least one free weekend every month, certain alternation on shifts, etc…In the end, you will have one big problem trying to figure out how to organize all your employee's schedules, and depending on your number of employees, it can be bigger than you think, and since there's no software that can solve this problem for every company in particular, it makes the process take a long time.