Work Study

Work Study is quite simply the study of work any work, for the purposes of improvement, quantification or time/cost planning. Work Study may be considered in two principal categories, these being methods analysis, and time.

Methods analysis is based upon a system of asking questions regarding the work. These questions were summarized by Rudyard Kipling in his poem:

I carry six wise serving men, they taught me all I knew

Their names are What and Why and How and When and Where and Who

Using a variety of techniques, the work process may then be analyzed to produce the optimum working procedures, responsibilities and methods a key factor in minimizing operational costs and making sure the money stays on the bottom-line.

The Time aspect of Work Study relates to the effectiveness of the work being carried out. Again, using a number of techniques, it is possible to standardize the output of work under controlled circumstances. Standardization does not mean that a particular person (maybe the best worker) can achieve a specific output level; it means that quantified output may be anticipated within given circumstances.

This standardized data may then be used for a variety of applications, including cost estimating, incentive bonus schemes, crewing and manpower planning, together with managerial control of output and statistical process control.

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