Assignment #5: Scheduling at Red, White and Blue Fireworks Company

1418 Words Apr 19th, 2012 6 Pages
Develop a Staffing plan for RWBFC in Accordance with the Constraints Stated in the Case According to Reid and Sanders (2010), in the case Scheduling at Red, White, and Blue Fireworks Company, the production manager Joan Bennett decided to change the work schedule for manufacturer employees. She wanted to develop a schedule to operate ten hour each day, seven days each week. The schedule is developed in this assignment based on information given in the case. The results are shown in Table 1 and Table 2
Table 1
Minimum Number of Employees Needed and Consecutive Days Days of the Week Three Consecutive Days
M T W Th F Sa Su MTW TWTh WThF ThFSa FSaSu
20
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The total of employees needed for the consecutive days is calculated as a sum of minimum number of employees needed for those days. The results are shown in Table 1 on the right side
The third step is to find the three consecutive days with the lowest total emplpyees needed. These days are days off. They are bolded in Table 1.
The process continues until the schedule is made for all workers. The schedule is shown in Table 2. The number 1 in the table shows that the employee works on that day, and the number 0 shows that the employee is off. Discuss How Employees Should Be Assigned to the Different Schedules. Employees prefer different days off. Usually they prefer Saturday and Sunday as days off. The company could use seniority as a base for determining the days off. The senior employee could choose first. This will ensure the employees’ priority, and many employees will have desired days off. Discuss any Concerns ThatYou Have with the New Plans and How you Intend to Address Them Although the company’s goal is to meet employee’s satisfaction and minimize excess capacity, it is impossible to meet all employees’ satisfaction. Concerns could be related to the number of days off or ten hours work during the day and many other reasons. It is important to get feedback from employees, consider them and if there are legitimate concerns then it is necessary to consider alternative options.
References
Reid, D. R., &

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