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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.

Holidays Included

The ideal way to organise your staff's holiday is with a Holidays Included Shift Pattern. A holidays included shift pattern takes all of the staff's holiday and rosters them off in turn as part of the shift pattern.

Now some people may think this is unfair, that the staff have no say in when they take their holiday, it's like taking away their freedom. But this is not the case.

The holidays are spread out evenly throughout the year to ensure everyone gets good quality time off with no favouritism. Once staff have experienced a holidays included shift pattern they never want to go back to the holidays excluded system.

Attractions to staff of working a Holidays Included Shift Pattern are:

  • They get good quality time off at frequent and regular intervals
  • Their holidays are very private
  • More freedom to select their holidays by swapping shifts


Attractions to a company of operating a Holidays Included Shift Pattern are:

  • It is cheaper
  • Lower administration costs
  • Lower shift allowances
  • More efficient system
  • Able to maintain the correct staffing levels at all times


The main objective of any shift pattern is to ensure you have the right people with the correct skills when and where you want them. The major issues, which are going to prevent you from achieving this objective, are staff holidays and absences.

You want to organise staff holidays so that they do not affect the operation. A Holidays Included Shift Pattern will accommodate everyone’s holiday in the shift pattern. This removes the requirement of a Manager having to plan the operation in a piecemeal fashion based on everyone’s personal agenda for booking holidays.

If you would like to find out more about a holidays included shift pattern then we have a new Kindle book: Holidays Included Shift Pattern, which will provide you with the tools and techniques to make a Holiday Included Shift Pattern run smoothly. This book includes examples of how to turn the most popular shift patterns into a holidays included operation and have extended Summer breaks so that all of your staff can have their two-week Summer break.

On a Holidays Included Shift Pattern, staff can easily expect around 15 weeks of good quality holiday every year.