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HR trends of the 21. century: tools for proper shift planning

Employers realize that proper shift planning can increase business productivity and ensure satisfied employees. However, finding the ideal shift model or work schedule to suit both employer and employees is often difficult. The RRPA Program can detect where an employer may find benefits.

Working in shifts has a big impact on the lives of employees, health-wise, socially and financially. Regarding health and social effects, it is important to create a shift model that minimizes the negative impacts as much as possible. Many companies with shiftwork are aware of the negative impact of a wrong shift model like: frequent absence, high sickness and staff turnover rates, low productivity and overall dissatisfaction of employees.  Most employers are aware of these costs-increasing issues, but they have no idea that their shift model is one of the root causes. 

The RRPA (Roster Risk Profile Analysis) is a software tool that evaluates and quantifies the risks arising from inappropriately scheduled shifts. It is offered to its clients exclusively by Déhora. Déhora, in addition to its shift planning optimization services, can assess the risks of current exchange models and help to find options for improvement.

"Based on our experience and our clients ' surveys, I can confirm that by improving the work schedule, it is possible to achieve very surprising results not only in terms of reduced company costs, but especially the satisfaction of employees.satisfied employee is not only empowered, healthy and stable, but also spreads the good name of the employer on the labour market and attracts new potential workers. Therefore, companies of the that are aware of the outcomes of model assessments tend to devote maximum care to their employees," says Roman Urban, a Senior consultant at Déhora, the company that has developed the first version of RRPA in the middle of the 80. Years.  

The RRPA Program values the physical and social risks of shift work. It focuses on several aspects that help uncover the hidden problems related to shift work. These include workers ' health, poor work-life balance, social isolation, fewer possibilities for personal development and education, uncertain future prospects caused by a demanding work-environment or the need for better facilities related to commuting or catering. The RRPA operates with nine criteria according to which shift work schedules are assessed (see table below). These criteria are based on 1) a logical judgement of the impact of unevenly allocated working time on staff, 2) conclusions of scientific research & literature and,3) last but not least, on the opinions of the employees themselves. The analysis is performed by entering an existing shift schedule into the program. The result of the evaluation is the risk profile of the shift model expressed as an overall percentage and a percentage per criterium. The employer thus obtains an accurate picture of the risk per assessed area and where to focus on for improvements.


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