As I have been following the subject of task analysis in the past few months, I’ve come across the International Institute of Task Analysis which is a recognized professional organization in the United Kingdom.
The Institute of Task Analysis is an independent non-profit professional association for the growing field of task analysis.
Our goal is to create greater awareness of the Task Analysis profession and working towards recognition of the value of task analysis in an organization.
We support professionals working in the task analyst role develop their skills and further their careers by providing access to unique and relevant content in the field of task analysis
As the professional association for task analysis it assists task analysts by defining standards for task analysis, identifying the skills necessary to be effective in the task analyst role and recognizing task analysis professionals through Task Analysis Professional certifications.
Worthwhile looking at their website: taskanalysis.org
The question is why don’t organizations use task analysis to improve employee productivity, find work bottlenecks and fix them?
Task Analysis is a new trend in Task Management, and involves doing a tops-down analysis instead of a down-up (starting from the company reports and drilling down into each of the employee’s performance analytics, instead of starting with the employee’s work load)
The new trend in task analysis puts an emphasis on three points: tasks, time, and cost.
There are a handful of task analysis software companies that have task analysis solutions that provide a great start, ProcessPolicy.com is one of them.
Software dimensions criss-crossing nearly all lines of task management products include task creation, task visualization, notifications, assign resources, compatibility, configurability, scalability, and reporting
- Task creation encompasses collaborative capabilities for turning ideas into actions (tasks). Includes activities involved before setting tasks, particularly patterns of collaboration involving planning.
- Task visualization encompasses presentation of tasks, most often through time and list forms. Priority visualization encompasses classification (e.g., budget, time, stakeholder) and mechanism (e.g., color code or text). Calendaring covers scheduling (e.g., availability, meetings, appointments and other potential conflicts) and notifications.
- Notifications encompass configurable settings for informing past, present and pending deadlines.
- Assigning resources encompasses the ability to delegate tasks and tools to single or multiple people.
- Compatibility encompasses the ability of a task management environment to connect to other systems, software and environments. It includes setting a structure and restrictions on communication going from the task management environment to other software, systems and environments.
- Configurability encompasses ability to add, remove and manage functionality and usability in task management environments.
- Scalability encompasses ability to perform a task properly when a change in the quantity of users is done to meet the specific task requirements.
Task analysis reporting encompasses presentation of information by displaying either in tabular or graphical display.
Task Analysis enables you to improve employee productivity and company performance.
How to enforce internal company policies is a tricky question. It is not as simple as it seems…
Employees need to be aware of the policies that are currently in place, employees have to actively agree to adhere to them, important policies that need reminding
The question to ask is therefore: What are the best ways to enforce internal company policies
The most important thing when it comes to enforcing company policy is to maintain consistency. This is consistency both across all the departments, as well as consistency over time. This ensures that employees are aware of the policies, and that any repercussions (whether it’s a verbal warning or terminating an employee) always remain the same so that employees are aware that the company is serious about maintaining these policies