time-and-motion study


time-and-motion study
Analysis of the time spent in going through the different motions of a job or series of jobs in the evaluation of industrial performance.

Such studies were first instituted in offices and factories in the U.S. in the early 20th century. They were widely adopted as a means of improving work methods by subdividing the different operations of a job into measurable elements, and they were in turn used as aids in standardization of work and in checking the efficiency of workers and equipment.

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      in the evaluation of industrial performance, analysis of the time spent in going through the different motions of a job or series of jobs. Time-and-motion studies were first instituted in offices and factories in the United States in the early 20th century. These studies came to be adopted on a wide scale as a means of improving the methods of work by subdividing the different operations of a job into measurable elements. Such analyses were, in turn, used as aids to standardization of work and in checking the efficiency of people and equipment and the mode of their combination.

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Universalium. 2010.

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