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we have several issues with self scheduling not working well and causes grief. how many mondays and fridays are you required to work? what if someone does not follow our present guideline of three mondays or fridays? how many days can you request off? how do you decide who fills out the schedule first? thanks in advance for any input or reply.
[font="comic sans ms"]self scheduling is great, but it does require some rules, and someone with the authority to enforce them.
we get 9 holidays per year, and we work every other holiday. i already know i have tg off, work christmas, ny off, work mlk day, etc. i know exactly what holidays i have to work next year and the year after, for as long as i keep this job. if you "forget" to sign up for your holidays, managment signs you up.
our schedule goes for 6 weeks. we're required to work two weekends and 3 mondays and 3 fridays.
no one takes vacation between thanksgiving and new year's. you are required to work your regular number of hours the week of a major holiday. (no, you can't "stack your days" to have a week off at christmas!)
you can "stack your days" to take a week off any non-holiday time of the year, though!
you can request off four days during the six weeks. any more than that, and management feels free to ignore your requests. generally, though, if you follow the scheduling guidelines, no one messes with your schedule except for things like everyone wanting saturday the 19th off for a co-worker's wedding.
the staff is divided into three groups. this time "a" group has first dibs on the schedule, "b" group fills in after them and "c" group is last. next time "b" group goes first, "c" second and "a" is last. managment decides how many nurses are needed each day on each shift, and opens that many slots. once those slots are full, you cannot sign up for that day, so you have to make up your hours on other days.
after the schedule comes out, there's some lively shift trading going on!
hope this helps!