Join Date: Aug 2012
Lori, Custom Rubber Corp. has a 4x10hr work week for many, many years. We also had a part time shift that filled the 4 hour gap so we could run 4-8 machines 4x24. It was nice in a way because we could use Fridays for OT without taxing our employees too much.
We switched very recently to 5x8 because we found we were so busy we were running 5 or 6 days of 10 hours and people were getting burnt out.
We've found a number of benefits to the 5x8:
1) we eliminated two 10 minute breaks and this increased output because the machines pause only once per shift instead of 3 times per shift
2) even though we added staff to evenly staff all three shifts, our total labor costs stayed about the same because we eliminated so much overtime.
Kyle Godhard is our HR person, feel free to contact him for more information at 216-391-2928 x128.