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Shift Work Offers Surprising Benefits for Employees

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Shift work has long been a reality of working in a company’s manufacturing operations. As long as there’s been a need for 24/7 manufacturing, there’s been a need for 24/7 support. But working during nonpeak hours doesn’t have to mean sacrificing work-life balance.

“Having to staff around the clock is a necessity of what we do,” says Bill Edwards, vice president of manufacturing for communication papers. “But we always work with our employees and union partners to try to create the best working environment possible.”

Shift work requires non-traditional routines that can be a difficult adjustment for some colleagues. But it also offers a variety of benefits, including time off during non-peak hours that make it easier to schedule appointments, manage family obligations or enjoy your favorite activities — often without a crowd.

Shift Work Schedules at Domtar

Today, there are three rotating schedules in use at Domtar to support around-the-clock production at a number of our sites. These schedules allow us to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, while never requiring employees to work any shift for more than a week.

  • The Southern Swing schedule divides four crews across three eight-hour shifts. Each crew rotates through this sequence every 28 days: seven day shifts, two days off, seven swing shifts, two days off, seven night shifts, three days off.
  • The DuPont schedule divides four teams across two 12-hour shifts. During a four-week cycle, each team has four night shifts, three days off, three day shifts, one day off, three night shifts, three days off, four day shifts, seven days off.