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T: 01636 816 466

The Old Vicarage
Station Road, Rolleston
NG23 5SE                              

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.

Christmas Rota

Last year more people than ever were working over Christmas. There has been a steady increase over the last 10 years and last year over 70% more people worked Christmas day than 2002.

Working at Christmas is a necessary requirement for many organisations but it needs special management, that is why we often recommend that companies employ a special Christmas Rota. No repeating pattern will fit into 365.25 days. Therefore we often set up a shift pattern for 50 weeks then have a special rota over the last two and a bit weeks. This means that we can control who works Christmas and who doesn't. Therefore if a person worked Christmas last year, they will not have to work it this year etc. Also if they work Christmas then they get New Year off and vice versa. This is contentious, and therefore you need a fair and equitable system.

The advantages to a Christmas Rota, are:

  • You can equalise everyone's hours,
  • You can equalise everyone's shifts,
  • You can equalise everyone's nights,
  • You can have better control of holidays,
  • Better cross team communication,
  • Opportunity to equalise payments,
  • Opportunity to swap teams,
  • Equalise skills, and provide an equal level of service over the holiday period.