How to schedule employees’ vacations costefficiently and unbiased, when the minimum demand for working employees varies between and within seasons?

Punkka, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


In some industries, forecasted minimum demand for personnel varies
from season to another, the maximum (non-overtime) workload per
employee can differ between periods for which shifts are planned,
compensatory personnel is not available, and recruitment requires a
long training period for a class of new employees. We discuss how
operations research can be used to support cost-efficient scheduling
of employees’ vacations for one calendar year. This process is further
complicated by several conditions set by collective bargaining
and law, the need for unbiased and fair treatment of employees in
various aspects, and the goal of acknowledging employees’ wishes
on their vacation schedule. We develop a MILP model to solve the
above-mentioned problem and discuss how the model will be applied
to schedule vacations of some 1000 employees in 26 depots in Finland.
Period13 Jul 2015
Event titleEuropean Conference on Operational Research
Event typeConference
Conference number27
LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom