Time and Motion Study

Measure time to complete tasks to optimise colleague numbers and processes

What is it?

We conduct Time & Motion studies to measure time to complete tasks, so you can make sure you have the right number of colleagues for your workload and can spot process steps to speed up or eliminate.

We use Direct observation techniques and also the MTM pre determined methodologies, so whatever sector clients operate in, we have the right measurement technique for their operation.

How can it help?

A Time & Motion Study will review tasks such as till interactions, stock management and food production to accurately calculate how many colleagues you need on a shift and how much time is needed to reach your sales targets.

For example, you’re a retailer employing five colleagues on an eight-hour shift, providing 40 hours of working time between them. If it only takes 33 hours to serve your customers and carry out every task – that’s 7 extra hours a day totalling over 2,500 hours per year, or more than £25,000 in cash terms.

Predetermined study techniques break down process stages into detailed movements to create a precise task time for workload planning and costing. It also quantifies how time can be saved, so seconds saved can increase capacity and/or reduce costs

What we do


We talk to you and understand your goals and produce a plan to capture the study.

Task Analysis

Qualified work study analysts measure each task you want to assess on multiple occasions and in multiple locations.


We then create a robust average time for the overall process and provide times for each process step too.

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Activity time studies: Paying attention to detail

Find out how a Time and Motion study helped one of our clients by reading our “Paying attention to detail” case study…


We will spend time with you in your business and share efficiency ideas and productivity opportunities you may have not yet come across.