1. Communicate the decision
First, you need to let your employees know about the decision to switch to a new shift schedule. This will help ensure they’re prepared for this change and give them a chance to ask any questions they may have.
2. Train managers
Your managers need to be well-versed in the new 9/80 work schedule. Ensure they understand how it will affect their team and have the resources and training to manage it properly. So it's essential to train your managers to create work schedules, manage time off requests, and deal with employees who call in sick.
3. Confirm team availability
As we mentioned before, one of the problems with implementing a 9/80 schedule is making sure you have enough employees available to cover all the shifts. So before finalizing the schedule, make sure you have sufficient team members available to cover all shifts.
4. Test the work schedule
Once you’ve created the work schedule, have your team try it out for a few weeks. This will give you a chance to see if there are any problems with the schedule and make sure it’s working as intended.
5. Evaluate the results
Take some time to evaluate the results of your 9/80 work schedule. Look into employee satisfaction, productivity, and absenteeism. If you’re happy with the results, you can implement the 9/80 work schedule permanently. If not, you can adjust the schedule until you find something that works for your organization.