Work measurement is the systematic determination of how long a task should take to complete. One of the most common types of work measurement is time study, according to Managers-Net.
Time studies determine how long a qualified worker under stated conditions can reasonably be expected to complete a task. For example, an international coffee shop chain may want to find out how long a barista should take to make a specific coffee drink. Some of the stated conditions may include using cold milk that needs to be steamed, rather than already steamed milk.
A qualified practitioner should observe the employee using a time measurement device. The observer should also assess the quality of work. For instance, a police officer or other law enforcement official would be an ideal observer in conducting a time study of police work.
The observed person in the time study must be fully trained in the measured task. A telemarketer, for example, must be fully trained and familiar with the sales script if the time study wishes to determine how long it takes to read the script.
Le Bach Pham has been writing professionally since 2002 and currently writes articles for various websites. He served as an editor for "The Mesa Press" and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.