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Change, flexibility and adaptation to an individual’s schedule are working well for distribution centers in supply chain. With the holiday season upon us, supply chain is learning how to flexibly work with the labor force to accommodate seasonal shoppers’ needs.

Supply Chain Warehouses Benefit with Non-Traditional Work Shifts


Many opportunities abound for companies willing to embrace workforce practice changes by including flexible work place shifts. Flexibility in scheduling hours can even steal away good employees from competing companies.

Heading into the peak holiday season, more workers are temporarily needed. Adopting flexibility in worker schedules, logistics and warehouse managers are now accommodating people who are unavailable to work traditional Monday through Friday schedules. These workforce candidates include students, parents and those who rely on public transportation rather than their own vehicles.

Some ways to help your supply chain benefit by using the “F” word in your workforce scheduling are:

Job Sharing in this working circumstance, two people share the work, hours and pay of one job.

Split Shifts When a company adopts and uses split shifts, people work early morning and later in the evening. Scheduling this way, an employee can work a traditional 9-to-5 as well as a split shift elsewhere.

Part-Time Shifts Part-time shifts can work well for many companies and provide employees necessary time off; e.g., an employee may work three nights per week instead of five.

Compassionately allow workers to leave a shift early to pick up children from day care. Allowing this non-traditional shift flexibility shows you truly care about your employees and can help improve employee retention rates.

Accommodate schedules for employees who rely heavily on public transportation to get to and from work.

Who knows how you and your local community might benefit by adopting some or all of these ideas at your distribution center.

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