Labor Standards

A labor standard is the definition of how long it takes for a worker, under normal circumstances and at an acceptable pace, to complete a specific task or activity. Most labor standards are measured in seconds. 

Organizations use different approaches—e.g. direct observation, predetermined motion time systems (PMTS) and work sampling—to accurately measure tasks and set time standards. These standards become the key data points that departments and organizations use to effectively budget for, forecast, and schedule labor.

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