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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.

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Booking Holidays

In the world of booking holidays at the click of a button, we have so much more choice. We can hunt out that bargain online and then spend the whole holiday bragging about how much we saved. This really does happen. I went on a cruise last year and everyone wanted to know how much I’d paid for it in comparison to them. “I got so much spending money on my cabin!” “I got £X off mine by booking early!” “I got up graded and have my own butler for just £Y” fortunately I got a third off by booking at the last minute. But it wasn’t easy.

cruse boat

 

Firstly I was trying to book with a group of friends, one of whom is on a shift pattern and had to check with his manager and colleagues that he could get the time off. The rest of us were all ready with our available dates and so when it came to booking could say “Yeah” or “Nay” there and then. The shift worker couldn’t.

So Monday we find a great deal and call up everyone, “can you go on these dates?” We narrowed it down but the shift worker was all “I need to check at work first.”

So Tuesday the price has gone up, it is now £50 each extra, but still with in budget. But the shift worker still hasn’t got clearance. So another day goes by.

Wednesday the offer is all over the news, with big TV advertisements on their sale. So the price is now £200 pounds extra each and out of our budget. We had missed the boat literally.

So months go by and then at the last minute the cruse is offered for less than the price it started at. I knew what dates my friends were available so, it took us a few hours of phone calls and checks and then we had the cruise of our dreams at a third off. However we had learned our lesson, the shift worker didn’t come with us. He and his girlfriend missed out on the holiday.

Coast

 

So what is the moral of my tale? If you want to get the best holiday deals then you need to be ready with your holiday dates and not have to faff around checking with your manger. The solution is a holidays included shift pattern. Basically you have all your holidays included in the pattern up front for the whole year. This usually gives you about 15-30 weeks off on a 12-hour shift schedule. That means that you can go on-line or to the travel agent with your dates and get the best deals. You don’t have to check with managers, or tell people what you are doing. The whole thing is private. When you have finished work you just go home. No pleading to have this time off, or telling your manager your entire life history. No, you know when they want you at work and the rest of the year is your time.

sunset at sea

 

Also if you really have to change dates, you can. You just swap shifts. Just get one of your many colleagues to swap. With up to 30 weeks off per year there is always going to be someone who will swap with you.

To find out more about Holiday Management please follow the link.