We don't have time for a work sampling study !?
Everyday working life - also and especially in the executive floors of a company - leaves little room for extensive studies and analyses. "That sounds interesting. But we don't have the time or the capacity for it! These or similar are often the first answers when it comes to introducing new tools or methods. However, this article shows that neither time nor capacities are excessively strained for the implementation of a multi-moment analysis.
The multi-moment analysis can be integrated into a company in various technical ways. The fastest and easiest way is certainly the planning, implementation and analysis of studies using a cloud service, provided via the me2any website. Without local installation, without dedicated servers and without additional IT infrastructure, studies can be set up online and measurements can be carried out using a WebApp/Smartphone app. Supported by a proven implementation method, designing and setting up your own studies is easier than ever!
Butter to the fish: This is the absolute time required for an activity sampling study
A work sampling study is divided into three phases:
The estimated time required to conduct a study depends on its scope. Here are a few indications of the time required:
Phase 1: The preparation
Planning and setting up a study takes between 2 - 3 weeks. The absolute time required is 8 - 16 hours, always depending on the scope of the desired study.
Phase 2: The implementation
The conduct of a study requires the training of the participants. Including preparation, you should expect an absolute time expenditure of about 4 hours. This is followed by a test run, for which you can expect 2 hours on the test day. Afterwards, the next step is measuring, supporting and monitoring. Depending on the amount of statistical factors, a study is carried out over 1 - 4 weeks. The absolute time required here is about 1 second per entry.
Phase 3: The analysis
The analysis of the collected data takes about 2 days, whereby the duration can be considered very variable. The following presentation, deepening and discussion should be calculated with half a day. The last step - the planning of improvements based on the findings of the study - takes 1 - 2 weeks with an absolute time expenditure of 1 - 2 days.