The Pitman Shift Pattern

A detailed look at the Pitman Shift Pattern.

Tori Marroquin
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The Pitman Shift Pattern is a common pattern that provides 24-hour coverage. This pattern is made up of 4 teams (or crews) and 2 12-hour Shift Durations. This shift pattern occurs on a 2-week cycle, in which teams work for a total of 7 days, and have a total of 7 days off. Half of the teams work 2 day shifts, have 2 days off, work 3 day shifts, have 2 days off, work 2 day shifts, and end with 3 days off. The other teams work the same pattern on the night shift.

Pros of the Pitman Shift Schedule:

  • Employees work the same shift duration the entire time.
  • Employees get a 3 day weekend every other week.
  • Employees never work more than 3 consecutive days.

Cons of the Pitman Shift Schedule:

  • Employees could work up to 62 hours in a single week.
  • 12-hour shift length could be too long for some individuals
The Southern Swing Shift Pattern

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