This is a fast rotating shift pattern that uses 4 teams and three 8-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through a sequence of 2, 2, and 3 consecutive day shifts, swing shifts, night shifts, or days off. The following is a typical team schedule for a 4-week (28 days) repeat cycle:
- Week 1: 2 day shifts, 3 swing shifts, 2 night shifts
- Week 2: 2 days off, 3 day shifts, 2 swing shifts
- Week 3: 2 night shifts, 3 days off, 2 day shifts
- Week 4: 2 swing shifts, 3 night shifts, 2 days off
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|Name||Continental Plan, also referred to as the 2-2-3 Rota|
|Shifts||Day (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)|
|Repeat Cycle||28 days|
|Rotation||Fast, forward rotation from day shift to swing shift to night shift|
|Average Hours per Week||42|
|Staffing Fluctuation||Balanced from shift to shift and day to day|
|Common Usage||Popular with 24/7 operations that prefer 8-hr shifts|
|Notes||This is an alternative to the Metropolitan plan for 24/7 operations using 8-hr shifts. It provides up to 3 consecutive days off and ensures 1 free weekend every 4 weeks. Its main drawback is the long 7 consecutive work days.|
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