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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.

232 Shift Pattern

The 232 schedule uses two 12-hour shifts, a Day (D) shift and a Night (N) shift. It has a four week rotation period and results in one person on duty 24/7 using a minimum of 4 people. It is a holidays excluded shift pattern. 

The 232 is the most popular shift pattern after the 4on-4off


Above is the four weeks of this pattern.

The main advantages are alternating weekends off and working a maximum of three consecutive shifts. 

To find out more about the 232 shift pattern my book How to Manage Your Shift Pattern includes a full years shift pattern and the holidays included version.

There is more information on this pattern and other popular shift patterns our sister site:

Designing a new shift pattern is a very rare event. So when you change shift patterns you want to know that you are selecting the right shift pattern for the right reasons. The shift pattern should match the workload and also help improve the work/life balance of your shift workers. That is why the 232 is so popular. The maximum of three consecutive shifts mean that there is minimal fatigue for the shift workers on this pattern. The alternating weekends means that they maximise the number of weekends off and enjoy good quality three-day weekends.


If you would like to know more about shift scheduling then please go to our on-line course to find out how you can manage your operation more effectively.