In general study areas applicable in Conventional Areas, and New Areas opening up for Work Study.

CONVENTIONAL AREAS OF STUDY USING WORKPRO

 TYPE OF WORK STUDIES POSSIBLE IN AN ORGANISTION
  • PRODUCT WORK STUDIES ( CUSTOMER ORIENTED)
  • WORK STUDY FOR NORMS ( PRODUCTION RELATED)
  • MACHINE STUDIES
  • MAINTENANCE WORK STUDIES ( TPM RELATED )
  • WARE HOUSING & STORAGE
  • DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES
  • WORK STUDY OF ROBOTS
  • HOUSE KEEPING STUDIES
    OFFICES &..MANY MORE
All along Work Study has been mainly linked to Automotive & allied manufacturing Sectors – mainly because they have repetitive type of work. It requires less time to do a Work Study for such repetitive operations. Actually Work Study principles are universal and can be applied to any type of Work.In fact, there is one area which is hardly mentioned even in text books is ‘PRODUCT BASED WORK STUDIES’. These are studies on how your customers are using your products. Probably this is a new area in which VWS can help.If you know how your customers are operating your product – you can certainly devise ways to improve the same. For Example: If an automobile manufacturer takes a study of how their customers a) Change Tyres, b) Change spark Plugs, c) Change Batteries etc then may be there is some thing they can do to improve their product for the customers.Application of Work Study for such work has only one benefit – there will be a very comprehensive data at the end of the study which all can see , observe ,learn & Improve..
 NEW AREAS OPENING UP FOR WORK STUDY
We have seen studies being done in Hotels ( Mainly House Keeping ), Restaurants ( Serving of Customers ) and Civil Engineering sites. Many of them are manily Time Studies. But they show that there is an ample potential for improving the working conditions & throughput in these areas. These types of Work have a large percentage of non-repetitive, occasional, random and variable elements. Many of the elements are pure Human elements.Conventional Time studies will be tough to do and ofter go wrong here. Also one just do not have even the concept of ‘cycle time’. There are no clear work cycles except in some areas. Even defining an operation or an activity is tough here as there are so many variants. At times you find the whole work is in utter disarray and what ever method you suggest is rejected due to some technical reason by the working personnel.You will be astonished by the human capacity to do wasteful things due to ignorance, wrong planning of work, wrong habits, indifference, sheer negligence and what not.The managements are very well aware of the waste but just cannot do much. But they are also have no clue on how to rectify the situation. Work Study beginning with proper Work Measurement is the one and only way to improve the work..Many times, the working personnel see the work study with amusement but do co-operate. Doing a Video and seeing the results after a VWS has been truly an eye opener as to what even a simple study can do in many of the areas still untouched by any thing called a study !There is also very less academic work done in these areas of Work Study. It is time people in academic institutions do some basic work in these work areas and create appropriate ways of doing Work Study. It will be a true service to these sectors where more people are employed than in manufacturing.

It is our sincere hope that these sectors outside manufacturing do take up the simple work of doing videos and doing VWS ! We would render all assistance to them and introduce them to this simple way of improving their working lives !

 CONVENTIONAL AREAS OF STUDY USING WORKPRO
In automotive and manufacturing sectors one can easily see and sense the opposition of the shop floor people to any thing called a ‘study’. For them it is a ploy to increase the ‘numbers’ and reduce the people.. Let this culture not get into the non-manufacturing sectors. Let them have proper work studies done and reap the benefits of higher productivity.We would request upon the Work Study / Productivity / Industrial Engineering and other specialists , not to do just time studies in these fields and declare a standard time by reports. From the beginning they should involve the people who are doing the work and educate them first on what is work study and how beneficial it is to all. Unless the working people see the benefits of their studies, these sectors will also slowly turn their backs against Time study / work study initiatives.We strongly recommend using WorkPro in these kind of studies.