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If you require further information on any of our services please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or e-mail. All enquiries are extremely welcome.

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The Old Vicarage
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Newark
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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.

angela@oranalysts.com

“When is the best time to start a new shift pattern?”

We are often asked, “When is the best time to start a new shift pattern?”

Well some people start them on the first day of the year (1st January), some on the first Monday of a month, some at the start of the financial year, some at the start of the holiday year.

The truth is that it doesn’t matter. You can start a new shift pattern whenever you want. All you have to do is some calculations and a migration plan, to move people, from one shift pattern to another.

When considering any change, you need to understand why that change needs to happen. After all ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’ The main reason to change your shift pattern is because the system you have in place is currently not working. It is inefficient, or not providing what you need or because something else is changing; new workloads, new ways of working, new equipment, etc.  

When starting a new shift pattern, we always recommend that the best time to start it is during the week and start it on a Day shift. That way if anything goes wrong then there is someone in authority to deal with the problem. The most common being that people forget and turn up to the wrong shift. This is counterintuitive, most people like to start a shift pattern in line with something else e.g. start of a week or year. At the weekends and particularly at the start of the year, management is not around. This means that no one in authority is around to remind people, “tomorrow we change shifts” etc. It is also not uncommon to start with the Early shift at 6am. Again if management doesn’t turn up till 9am then someone needs to be there to deal with any problems.

If you are thinking of introducing a new shift pattern or way of working then why not contact us and find out how we can help.