Task Analysis

Last Updated: June 9, 2019

Definition - What does Task Analysis mean?

A task analysis is a detailed study of how a particular task is accomplished in the workplace, taking into account requisite tools and specialized clothing, task complexity, specific steps needed to accomplish the task, how frequently the task is performed, conditions at the worksite, mental and physical resources required to accomplish the task, and any factors unique to the performance of a particular task.

WorkplaceTesting explains Task Analysis

A task analysis takes into account each factor present in the performance of workplace duties, including what special tools and clothing may be needed, how complex the task is, what the specific steps are to successfully completing the task, what conditions are present in the workplace at the time the task is being carried out, what factors may be unique to the particular task, and the mental and physical resources necessary to accomplish the task. That is, what special training or schooling is needed to perform the task, how many employees are needed to perform the task, and how are employees rotated during the completion of the task.

Task analysis is important to employers because it allows them to gauge whether or not their policies and procedures are accomplishing the task they were designed to do, as well as how these can be improved upon for greater efficiency.

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