A shift describes a period of working time by a specific abbreviation and a particular name.


Working Time Period


Shift Abbreviation

5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Early Shift


12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

On-call Duty


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Individual Shift



You can define shifts with their own periods of working time. You can also assign Daily Work Schedules to shifts. These daily work schedules are available from other components as a result of the integration of all components in Time Management.

Shifts can be combined into shift groups. Shift groups, in turn, are then assigned to entry objects. When planning shifts, you can use the shifts assigned to the current entry object by its shift group.

To define shift groups, choose Human resources ® Time management ® Shift planning ® Environment ® Current settings, or the corresponding step in Customizing.