Re: [Histonet] Work hours

I've worked 4 ten hours shifts, and been involved in scheduling with several techs on these shifts.  I  won't say whether they are pros or cons, but just mention a few details to keep in mind.  Most holidays fall on Mondays and Fridays, meaning that if it is someone's scheduled day off anyway, they take the holiday the following day,  It's nice for the employee because it means a 4 day weekend.  It's not great for the lab because it's a staffing shortage on tues.  Holidays are also only 8 hours, so the remaining 2 hours of the "holiday off" comes out of vacation time.  Heavy vacation times, like summer can also be a problem because of staffing shortages.  It helps if people are flexible with their weekday off, and work as a team to make sure there is enough coverage.   The nice thing about 4 tens, is that when the hours of the lab are long, and there is a large amount of workload at both the beginning and end of the shift, it works well having someone who has been there all day wra
pping up loose ends, verses having to hand off work to the next shift.  I think the bottom line is, that if the schedule works for the employee, and can work for the lab, it's a good thing, everyone is happy.

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From: Patti Loykasek 
> I was wondering if anyone in histoland has experienced moving from a
> schedule of  standard 8 hour day/5 days a week to a 10 hour day/4 days a
> week with techs having a day off during the week. If so, what are the pros
> and cons of this type of schedule. I'm interested in feedback from both
> bench techs and supervisor/managers. We are in the initial stages of
> contemplating this and would appreciate info from anyone that has tried it.
> Thank you. 
> Patti Loykasek BS, HTL, QIHC
> PhenoPath Laboratories
> Seattle, WA
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