In some European countries, 80% of nurses are women. Women, even today, are more likely to combine a job with domestic tasks. The sector is therefore characterised by a lot of part-time positions and individual year-long contracts. This also means individual needs regarding working hours are accommodated more often. In some countries, control over working hours is part of the employee's collective labour agreement. With so much room for individual tailoring of working hours, the healthcare sectore is an ideal environment for self-rostering!
As it is primarily a matter of culture change, self-rostering requires a certain level of maturity among management, planning staff, and employees. An existing “hands-on together” culture better facilitiates the implementation of self-rostering, a superior method in allowing employees to create a personal schedule that fits their work-life balance.