If you've used our schedule search tool and your schedule is not in our database, you can easily create one yourself. You'll need a shift pattern and a reference date.
You can use our shift pattern editor or you can do it manually as described below.
A shift pattern consists of a series of shifts separated by commas. Don't place a comma after the last character.
Choose a shift after a rest day in your schedule. Type the name of that shift and enter all consecutive shifts until just before the schedule would repeat itself. The last character must then be the rest day and should not be followed by a comma.
Now look at the first character of the pattern you just entered and choose any date when you've worked that particular shift. It doesn't matter whether the date is in the past or in the future. That date is the "reference date".
Example: 25/04/2017 (day/month/year with 4 digits)
You can use your schedule in all applications of this website. Just replace the preset shift pattern as well as the reference date, it doesn't matter what's selected in the schedule and shift/team dropdown boxes.
Save your schedule (pattern + reference date) in a text file on your device for further use.
If it's a regular shift schedule that is not in our database, please send us an email with the pattern and the reference dates for all the teams (shifts) (not just the reference date of your shift).
The number of teams needed to ensure the proper functioning of your department, production plant, unit,...
If you have an early shift, a late shift and a night shift, then at least one team has a day off. In that case you need a minimum of four teams.
Most companies name their teams (shifts) A,B,C... or 1,2,3... Unfortunately the B team of company X does not necessarily work at the same time as the B team of company Y. By choosing e.g. for A,B,C in a five-team system, the names of the teams would only match for about 20% of the companies. By choosing for T,U,V,... nobody is favored or disadvantaged. You only have to find the right team once; check the schedules page.
The clearest way to describe a schedule is the shift pattern, but a shift pattern can be very long and can hardly be used as a reference in a text. The easiest way to describe it, though, would be with numbers or characters (linked to a database). But characters don't provide any additional information.
With our shift schedule "naming convention" we tried to combine "the easy way" with a maximum of information
Fortunately this is not an exact science. Due to the multitude of schedules we've had to deviate from these "rules" several times. The most important is that someone finds his own schedule relatively quickly and that he can remember it.