Hello to Everyone, I am working in a manufacturing Company As an HR & Admin Executive, I am facing Daily manpower Shortage for Machine operators in night shift only. So I need a Solution to solve this Shortage, Please Guide Me on how To handle it?
From India, New Delhi
Dinesh Divekar
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Dinesh Divekar

Dear Vijay T,
You have not mentioned the nature of your production, the number of machines, the number of operators work in the night time, noise by the machines etc. Have you conducted any study of the absence of the workers? How does it impact production? Are the deliveries delayed due to the absence?
One quick solution is to pay the night-shift allowance. However, once started, withdrawing it will be difficult.
The second solution is to rearrange the production schedule in such a fashion so as to make the night shift a little less strenuous.
The third solution is on the numbers of hours of work in the night shift. When your night shift starts and when it ends? For how many hours workers work in the night shift? If the numbers of hours are on par with the day shift then explore the possibility of reducing the number of hours.
The fourth solution is to identify the scope of automation. Will automation reduce the dependence on the workers in the night shift? If the machines are noisy then can the noise be reduced?
The last solution is to understand what happens during the night shift. Have you spent a night on the shop-floor? If not you then let someone else take stock of the situation during the night. As of now, you could be depending on the feedback from the Production or Operations Managers/Supervisors. However, when some third-party monitors the situation, suggestions for improvement may come up.
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Night shift has its own problems

Interference With Natural Sleep Rhythms

Increases Risk Of Workplace Injury

Changes Your Metabolism

Increases Risk Of Obesity And Diabetes

To say the least workers who are used to night shift must be feeling some of these ill effects.

Absenteeism needs to be studied-how often,%age of workers being absent,their health standards etc

Learned member above has given suggestions of automation, lesser number of hours etc.Really worth considering.

Generally workers will support these measures as it is beneficial to them.

Consult with supervisors and senior management and see whether monotony of night shift can be warded off with longer breaks and some snack or tea arrangements.

Arrange to have the area of work brightly lit up.

Light music will be helpful

Have proper scheduling arrangements for workers going from morning shift to night shift.Gaps can be scheduled for workers.

Sometimes night shift is unavoidable,so when it becomes necessary, plan and give better facilities for night shift.

From India, Pune
Chirag Mandora

Dear Vijay T, You can introduce Attendance Incentives apart from their Wages. You can also Pay Special Travel allowance who are working in night shifts.
From India, Ahmedabad

if the absent employees are continuously working on night then make a policy that every employee or worker has to work alternate week in the night so it will help them to maintain their health and mental health too
From India, Mumbai

Call the machine operators to know the reason of their absent on night shift. The regular working on night shift might remain a cause of absenteeism. The less manpower can be a cause of absenteeism against leave and weekly holidays. The rotation in shift after weekly off day is not at proper order. You may adopt (Night allowance) incentive scheme for the night shift duty. You can take fresh workmen in place of old, sick and alcoholic workmen, if remained a cause of absenteeism.
From India, Mumbai

Yeah sir thank you for all your suggestion
From India, New Delhi

Dear Vijay,
I can give some suggestions which are actually implemented by some companies.
1. Shedule the shift duty as below:
After weekly off
First two days, night shift. ie. 12 MN to 8 AM.
Next two days, day shift. ie. 8 AM to 4 PM
Last two days, evening shift. ie. 4 PM to 12 MN.
Then again weekly off.
Here only 2 days in a week, they have to work in night shift.
2. Provide good amount of night shift allowance.
3. Provide slightly more substitute workers in night shifts.
C K Krishnan

From India, Ernakulam
You can do the following things.
1. One meal in night to be free apart from Lunch and dinner (Rajma -Rice, Chhole - Rice ).
2. Two Tea along with 1 packet of Biscuit or Namkeen (5Rs).
3. Attendance Incentive.
4. if possible arrange transport facility.
5. Make a duty roaster so that each and every person has to work in night shift.

From India, Gorakhpur
Sherkhan B. Pathan

We have work on the below points to reduce the absentee in night ship;
1. Night Shift Allowance
2. Revised Production Target only for Night Shift
3. Higher Incentive for Night shift higher production, than other shifts.
4. Awarded best operator for night shift
5. Night Shift menu has been decided on the suggestion of employees.
6. If any employees gets high number of best award than he will get salary rise.
7. Immediate leave / C-Off sanction on his application.
8. Make the pool for the additional manpower for replacement.
9. Second shift employees should not leave the place unless the night shift reliver resumes the duty.
10. Provide the motivational awards to their children also.
These are stapes taken. But there is support from Management is required.
Sherkhan B Pathan

From India, Mumbai

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