The 2-2 3-2 2-3 rotating shift schedule uses 4 teams (crews) and 2 twelve-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. It consists of a 4-week cycle where each team works 2 consecutive day shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 3 consecutive day shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 2 consecutive day shifts, followed by 3 days off duty, 2 consecutive night shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 3 consecutive night shifts, followed by 2 days off duty, works 2 consecutive night shifts, followed by 3 days off duty. Personnel work an average 42 hours per week.

2-2 3-2 2-3 rotating shift schedule example:

Team 1: DDOODDD-OODDOOO-NNOONNN-OONNOOO
Team 2: NNOONNN-OONNOOO-DDOODDD-OODDOOO
Team 3: OONNOOO-DDOODDD-OODDOOO-NNOONNN
Team 4: OODDOOO-NNOONNN-OONNOOO-DDOODDD

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Where D=Day shift, N=Night shift, and O=Off duty

2-2 3-2 2-3 Rotating Shift Schedule

Characteristics

Plan IDC4TR12-4
Name2-2 3-2 2-3 Rotating Shift Schedule
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required4
Shifts12-hr
Repeat Cycle28 days
RotationSlow rotation between day and night shifts
Average Hours per Week42
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
Pluses
  • No employee works more than three consecutive days
  • 3-day weekend every other weekend
  • Taking 2 vacation days on one of the 2-day work week gives 7 days off
Minuses
  • Could work up to 62 hours in one week
  • Long shift length (12 hours)
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common UsagePopular with police departments, emergency medical services, EMS call centers and dispatchers in the United States.
Notes

This is a variation of the Pitman shift schedule with rotating shifts.