Engineered Labor Standard

An approach to dynamic productivity that defines the time necessary for a trained worker, working at an acceptable pace, under capable supervision, and experiencing normal fatigue and delays, to do a defined amount of work of specified quality when following the prescribed method for that task. A variety of factors can go into this standard, such as travel distance, product quantity or the unit of measure being handled, reach and/or grab time, the position of the item in storage or a forward pick area (e.g., chest high versus near to the floor) product weight, fatigue increase as the day proceeds, and more. The standard is determined dynamically based on the specifics of each task, which can then be grouped together, such as with a series of case picks for a single customer pallet.

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