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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.

What is a good work/life balance?

We create shift schedules that give shift workers a good work/life balance. However recently we were asked, “What is a good work/life balance?” This is a harder question to answer than you might think. I mean defining a work/life balance is easy, however what is a good one is subjective. Everyone talks about achieving a good work/life balance but nobody knows what it means. So here is what it means when I say this shift schedule will give you a good work/life balance:

  • When at work: you want to know when you will be needed to work with sufficient notice and the work to be unfatiguing i.e. not stressful, varied, interesting, not overworked or underworked (I can't say what the work is but I can create a shift schedule that is correctly staffed, minimises fatigue and mitigates unnecessary stress)
  • When at home: you want to have good quality time away from work, between sets of consecutive shifts a few days is required to fully recover. Between shifts you need a minimum of 11 hours so that you can have a good quality rest. When on holiday you need regular time off for a minimum of five days. (My shift schedules are designed to give you good quality time off between shifts and to make holiday management easy so that everyone could have the time off they want, when they want it with the minimum amount of disruption to the operation and others.)
  • When on-call: You don’t want to have work being able to contact you every moment you are not at work, in case there is an emergency and you are needed. So I create contingency plans into the shift schedule right up front. This means that everyone knows when they could be contacted, the probability of being contacted at any time and how to ensure they are not contacted when they don’t want to be.


This is what I mean by a shift schedule that gives you a good work/life balance. I create shift schedules for a year in advance so you always know when you will be expected at work. The shift schedule should minimise fatigue, allow you to live your life while away from work without any work worries and maintain the operation so that the company can maximise their profits so your job is never in danger.

If you want a good work/life balance contact us today for a Business Health Check to assess your work/life balance and improve it.