Factors that affect the performance of work

Pioneers of industrial engineering blazed the trail toward better productivity

By Adam Cywar

Industrial engineers and others have always had a basic need to understand what the forces and contributing factors are that determine how well a piece of work gets accomplished. The purpose here is to examine in some detail what those factors are and some hints for utilizing this information to maximize the performance of a task, job or any other structure that is deemed work. Most of this information is based on my experience as a mechanical engineer and industrial engineer covering the last 60 years. Because it is based on empirical experience, there is no claim to representing scientific basis for this information.

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