The 24-48 Shift Pattern

A guide to the 24-48 Shift Pattern.

Tori Marroquin
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The 24-48 Shift Pattern is a common pattern that provides 24-hour coverage. This pattern is made up of 3 teams (or crews) and 3 24-hour Shift Durations. This shift pattern occurs on a 3-day cycle, in which teams work for a full 24 hours, followed by 48 hours off. In total employees work an average of 56 hours a week.

Pros of the 24-48 Shift Pattern:

  • Employees never work an entire weekend
  • Employees work a maximum of 3 days a week

Cons of the 24-48 Shift Pattern:

  • Employees work 24 hours shifts, which can lead to fatigue and productivity issues

a visual representation of the 24-48 Shift Pattern

The WorkSight Scheduler is fully equipped to help you implement the 24-48 Shift Pattern. Built to help businesses that operate 24/7, 365 days a year, with equal levels of workload around the clock or unbalanced loads varying by shift. The WorkSight team knows the value of establishing stability in the schedule while equalizing the burden of working undesirable shift times, which means that we can help you get any Shift Pattern in place for your organization. Contact us to learn more, or to schedule a demo.