Work Measurement explained

You need to measure work to produce essential data.
Businesses need data to

  • set targets
  • assess capacity
  • plan output
  • set budget costs
  • predict completion times
  • establish staffing levels
  • justifying investment
  • confidently compare performances of people doing similar and different tasks
Work measurement explained

All these activities help in the process of identifying, making, monitoring and maintaining improvements in productivity.

Different levels and functions of management will want different measures. Think about the variety of needs of the Managing Director, Chief Accountant, Production Supervisor, HR Manager, Quality Controller, Site Manager etc.

What are your measures?

  • turnover
  • profit
  • throughput
  • sales
  • headcount
  • complaints
  • service levels
  • rejects
  • returns
Measuring productivity

You also need time measures for your activities and tasks. With these times which measure their work content, you can relate them to your volumes and mix of activities and start to build up the work content by area, department, site or business.

Suitably structured measures will better point you to the areas of poor performance, whether people, machines, or processes. You will then be in a position to address the causes.

Measuring work

When it comes to measuring work, don’t guess and don’t assume old data is still correct. If we measure, we can guarantee accuracy and transparency.

Work measurement techniques

There are lots of techniques for work measurement. Click on the link to find out about other techniques such as Time Study, the MOST® technique, Activity Sampling, MTM, PADS, and Rated Activity Sampling. We can help you select the most appropriate measurement technique for you.

MTM explained

Productivity Pointer

Effective performance involves much more than just the speed or the effort which people are seen to be applying at a point in time. The three key factors that contribute to effective performance are utilisation, effort and method.

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How to learn more about Work Measurement

Scott-Grant is widely acknowledged as “outstanding” in delivering training for people wanting to study Work Measurement

Training courses that cover Work Measurement

Here is a list of training courses where Work Measurement is included in the content.

We can help you select the most appropriate work measurement technique for you.

We can undertake work measurement projects for you.

We can supply experienced and qualified people to help your own team with measuring work.

What to do next

If you need to improve capacity or reduce costs, or you need accurate data to determine how best to cope with change, we can provide the right way forward – cost-effectively. Remember that improving productivity is about making the better use of all your resources and vitally, making much better use of the critical ones.

Whichever business sector you operate in, the chances are we’ve helped people to address their productivity issues and improve the way they operate.

Scott-Grant can really help you improve your productivity and become more streamlined.

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