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Operational Research

You can always be more efficient

Operational Research is all about using analysis to improve decision making. Dr Angela Moore uses mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, optimisation, sequencing and scheduling techniques to create simple heuristics you can employ to run your operation more efficiently.

Method 7: Dealing with Summer Holidays

Back in the days when Alec used to run a 24/7 business, he found that surprise, surprise most of his staff wanted a holiday during the summer. So he had to come up with lots of ingenuous methods to accommodate them. After all back then there was no internet to lookup answers and no books on the subject. One option he found to be very effective was students. The great thing about students is that they are very keen to have work experience which is relevant to their studies, also they are available during holiday periods, exactly when your permanent staff want their holidays. The other great thing is that most university degrees last three years, so you can train them up the first year and if they are good, bring them back for another two years.

Now while this sounds all well and good in theory, there are a few pit falls you should avoid. Firstly you need to be organised, you don’t want a situation where you have only temporary staff on duty. You also have to align the holidays to the temporary staff. The best way we found was to get all of the holiday requests in early, then when the temporary staff wish to work, you tell them which shifts are available. Once you have arranged cover for a holiday you can confirm it.

If you wish to learn our other methods to cover for holidays: our book “How to Manage your Shift Pattern” has more information.

  • Method 1: Holidays Included
  • Method 2: Holiday Book & Rules
  • Method 3: Quotas
  • Method 4: Phasing the Workload
  • Method 5: Shutdown
  • Method 6: Flat Cover
  • Method 8: Variable Cover
  • Method 9: Overtime
  • Method 10: Agency Staff