3 On, 3 Off Schedule Template (12-Hour Shifts)

3 on, 3 off shift schedule template (12 hour shifts)

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This is part of our series on work schedule templates. You can edit this 3 on, 3 off schedule template in one of three common software tools (Canva, Google Sheets, or Microsoft Excel) or print out the PDF.
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What Is A 3-On, 3-Off Shift Pattern?

The 3-on, 3-off schedule provides a pattern where each employee has three days on then three days off. In this template, there are four teams and two 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour coverage. 

  • Type of schedule: Staff
  • Duration: Weekly
  • Daily business hours: 24 hours
  • Shift length: 12 hours
  • Average employee work hours per week: 42
  • Other names for this template:
  • Typical industries: Police departments, fire departments


3-On, 3-Off Schedule Template Pros

  • Each employee gets a three-day weekend every week
  • Employees work no more than three days in a row
  • Provides 24-hour coverage with just two shifts (makes it easier for scheduling)


3 On, 3 Off Schedule Template Cons

  • Three days straight with long shifts
  • The calendar doesn’t align to a week, so the work days change frequently


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Similar Work Schedules

All of our work schedule templates are customizable in many different systems (Canva, Excel, and Google Sheets) so you can make each template your own. However, if this schedule isn’t the right fit for you, we have other three-team, 12-hour shift pattern examples. 

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Definitions For This 3 On, 3 Off Shift Pattern

At the top of this post, we provided seven pieces of information about the 3 on, 3 off schedule template. This is how we define each of those terms:

  • Type of schedule: Every Buildremote schedule template fits into one of these main categories:
    • Employee: Daily, weekly, or monthly schedules to plan which staff members will work for certain times and days
    • Shift: Work schedules for teams that require shifts (8-, 10-, 12-, or 24-hour work blocks) each day
    • Corporate: Common schedules used by companies with knowledge workers (desk jobs)
    • Hybrid: Schedule templates for companies that have employees split their time in an office and remotely
    • Entrepreneur: Work planners and unconventional work schedules for self-employed people
  • Duration: The length of time that the schedule template covers:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
  • Daily business hours: The amount of hours that the organization will be open for business in a given day using this template
  • Shift length: The amount of hours employees will work each block of time before ending work (this is used primarily for the shift schedule templates)
  • Average employee work hours per week: The amount of hours each worker will log in a given week on this work schedule
  • Other names for this template: Other ways people refer to the same work schedule
  • Typical industries: The common types of organizations that typically use this schedule


Disclaimer: This template is not legal advice. Please advise your HR or legal team first to determine the right language and structure of your work schedule depending on your type of organization, employee status, and labor laws in your state or country.

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