The Kelly Shift Pattern

A detailed look at the Kelly Shift Pattern.

Tori Marroquin
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The Kelly Shift Pattern is a common pattern in fire departments and emergency services 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 9-day cycle, in which teams work a total of 3 days, and have 6 days off. Employees work an average of 56 hours per week or 112 hours per two-week pay period.

Kelly Days are mandatory days off within an employee’s schedule. The frequency of these days can depend on the policy of the organization or the type of schedules employees follow.

Pros of the Kelly Shift Schedule:

  • Employees get a consecutive 4 days off each rotation.
  • Employees never work for an entire weekend.

Cons of the Kelly Shift Schedule:

  • Employees work 24-hour shifts, which can lead to fatigue and productivity issues
The Kelly Shift Pattern

The WorkSight Scheduler is fully equipped to help you implement the Kelly 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.