By Richard M. Coleman

This advisor indicates tips to run a round the clock company with no using your staff around the bend.

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Health and Safety Requirements It's also possible to have the perfect schedule for the health and safety circle. M. M. At work there would be bright lights to simulate sunlight in order to reset the biological clock and exercise stations to help overcome any bouts of sleepiness that might occur. M. the employees would Page 14 go home on a darkened bus. Their homes would be located in a quiet environment, perhaps a special shift worker housing complex outside of town. Their rooms would be air-conditioned, sound- and light-proofed, and therefore totally dark.

There are about 8,800 hours in a calendar year. If you hire four shift workers, each would have to work 2,200 hours. In comparison, the average American day worker works about 1,840 hours per year (that is, 2,080 hours52 weeks times 40 hours per weekminus 240 hours off for holidays, personal/sick days, and vacations). Since your new shift workers will have to work holidays, weekends, and nights and maybe rotate shifts, they should probably work fewer annual hours than day workers; 1,800 hours seems about right.

I have been at the Tasmania site for three years. When I came in, it had just gone through a very severe restructuring. It was totally unprofitable and had lost about $13 million the previous year. There was a lot of heartache, a lot of strife, a lot of employee disruption, and the undercurrents were at work. The mine was very close to going out of business. We had restructured but were extremely vulnerable, and the price of tin was low. I had to get the mine productive. " In Chapter 2 we will look at what Scallan changed, concentrating on the business needs circle at his company, Renison, as well as at your business.

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