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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.

Sailing Close to the Wind

Have you ever thought about the consequences of the minimum holiday entitlement?

Many companies only give their staff the minimum holiday entitlement. In the UK that would be 20 days plus Bank Holidays. And this is very often how it is stated. This usually means that they get to pick 20 days per year subject to the rules and the other eight are the company’s stated Bank Holidays. However Bank Holidays have no legal status. So what happens when your holiday year starts on the 1st April?

Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017 there is no Easter. In 2016 Easter falls in March and in 2017 it falls in April. Hence some employees may not be getting the minimum holiday entitlement.

So if your company’s holiday year starts around April, you may need to increase people’s holiday entitlements in one year and reduce it in the following year to compensate. Otherwise you will be breaking the law by not giving your employees the opportunity to take the legal minimum holiday entitlement.

Zero Hours Contract

While we are on the subject of ensuring that your staff have the opportunity to take their minimum holiday entitlement, have you ever considered the conundrum of zero hour’s contracts? When you do not give your staff a set number of hours per week, how do you know when they are on holiday or just off? If you only issue your shift pattern on a weekly basis then is a week off a holiday or just a week with no hours? You may think this is just semantics but consider the fact that you cannot just buy holidays. So you can’t just work out how much holiday you owe your staff find a week when you don’t need them and just say “I don’t need you this week so here is your holiday pay to date”.

You have to not only ensure that you are paying the correct amount but also ensure that they are having the opportunity to take their minimum holiday entitlement.

Well here is an obvious solution, plan ahead. Don’t do your shift pattern or rota just a week ahead, but do it for the whole year. It’s a lot easier than you think. You don’t even have to know who is on the rota if you have a large turnover of staff. But by planning ahead, you can schedule shifts, holidays and cover arrangements all upfront. This will not only ensure that you give all your staff the opportunity to take their holidays but also will make your life easier too. To find out more go to our creating a shift pattern page or contact us directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it