Short-Term Scheduling: Empowerment at Work? You are the manager of a non-union steel mill that must operate 24-hours a day and where the physical demands are such that 8-hour shifts are preferable to 10 or 12 hour shifts. Your empowered employees have decided that they want to work weekly rotating shifts. That is they want a repeating work cycle of the first week 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a second week from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the third week from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. You are sure this is not a good idea in terms of both productivity and the long-term health of the employees. If you do not accept their decision you undermine the work empowerment program generate a morale issue and perhaps generate a few more votes to bring a union in and unionize the operation. What would you do?