How to Generate a Duty Roster

Generate a Duty Roster with Snap Schedule Employee Scheduling Software

Generating a duty roster for any shiftwork business from law enforcement to homecare can be a complex task. As your staff grows, it becomes more difficult to manage the fixed and rotating rotas without an automatic tool to help. Snap Schedule employee scheduling software simplifies this task tremendously by providing over 30 pre-defined rota templates (i.e. pre-designed schedule plans) that meet scheduling needs for virtually all shiftwork businesses.

Whether your business is in Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, rot as are universally identified by their shift length, shift pattern, and average work hours per week. The right shift length will depend on the type of operations, work environment, and operating hours. For example, with 24/7 operations, three 8-hr shifts or two 12-hour shifts are most popular but any combination of shift lengths will do.

A shift pattern is a sequence of working days and off (on/off) days over a fixed time period. A shift pattern may include a shift roster. For fixed shifts, a staff member always works the same shift (e.g. Day, Afternoon, or Night). For rotating shifts, a staff member rotates from one shift to another according to a specific arrangement.

Snap Schedule can calculate the average work hours per week from the work demand, shift pattern, and the number of teams (crews, platoons, squads, groups, etc.) needed to cover the work demand. For scheduling purposes, team members are assigned to work the same shift and rotation patterns (i.e. team members have the same days on, days off, and rotation pattern).

To generate the best duty roster for your shiftwork business, you must ensure that the roster complies with local industrial and legislative provisions, provides efficient and effective utilisation of staff, supports work/life balance, and meets service delivery requirements.

Using the Snap Schedule, you can select one of the 30 pre-designed duty rosters and automatically generate staff rosters for any period. View how to generate a duty roster using Snap Schedule.