Transportation Coordinator Spotlight:
Debbie McMorrow, Silver Bell Mining
Debbie McMorrow, HR Supervisor at Silver Bell Mining, received the Travel Reduction Program’s Gold Recognition award for her work promoting alternative transportation.
Compressed work weeks (CWW), the main component of their TRP, are scheduling arrangements that can help reduce vehicle miles traveled to work. A CWW, such as four 10-hour days, will eliminate a work day and travel. At ASARCO’s Silver Bell Mining, open 24 hours, 365 days a year, the flexibility of a CWW works for both the employees and the employer.
Debbie, did Silver Bell Mining always have a CWW?
No. We used to work traditional three 8-hour shifts each day. In 2005, we implemented 10-hour shift schedules, as well as 12-hour shift schedules. On a 10-hour shift schedule, an employee works 4/10s (four days, 10 Debbie McMorrow, Silver Bell Mining hours each day) every week. On a 12-hour shift schedule, an employee works 3/12s (three days, 12 hours each day) one week, and then 4/12s (four days, 12 hours each day) the following week.
What are the benefits for the employees?
Our employees like their 12-hour schedules because they only have to work half the month, which leaves them plenty of time off to spend with their family and to schedule any necessary appointments. The best part is once a month they have seven days off in a row. That’s like being off on vacation once a month. Our location is a long commute from the highway and the road to our facility is worn. The CWW has an added bonus of saving the wear and tear on vehicles and gas.
Any benefits for the employer?
The major benefit is the elimination of a shift change which reduces down time on our equipment and increases production. A downside is we have a lack of continuity on projects which results in decreased productivity on some jobs.
Can CWW work in a professional office setting?
It is no secret that a CWW is better aligned in an industrial/manufacturing setting. But, if the CWW is managed correctly and there is administrative coverage when needed, it can be successful in a professional workplace. If starting out, I would suggest a 4/10 CWW.