Electronic Proceedings of the Eighth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Houston, Texas, November 16-19, 1995

Paper C076

Employee Scheduling Methods Using a Calculator

Judith Aronow

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Beaumont, TX 77706
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Employee scheduling, particularly in service organizations such as hospitals, utilities, police organizations and many others providing service around the clock, is critical to the life of the organization. The objective in creating these schedules is to provide continuous, efficient service at minimum cost and minimum idle time, and yet to provide opportunity for sufficient days off for knowledgeable personnel.

Cyclic scheduling in which there are days on and days off is a constraint in these scheduling problems. While integer programming is used to solve the majority of problems, in many instances, a calculator can also be used for smaller facilities, providing students in operations research and discrete mathematics a dynamic and interesting insight into some common scheduling problems. Algorithms will be demonstrated using easily implemented interactive calculator methods.

Keyword(s): calculators, linear programming