Functional Job Analysis


Functional Job Analysis

In order to hold new hires and existing employees accountable for safe and productive work performance of the essential job functions, an accurate job decription is a necessity.  An important aspect of any job description is the listing of physical demands required to perform the essential job functions.  The information provided, helps applicants judge if the job is a good fit and it helps doctors and employers return workers with restrictions safely back to work and prevent injuries.


According to the EEOC, a job analysis should:

~Accurately identify physical demands required to safely and productively perform essential job functions

~Involve those with first hand knowledge of the job, such as incumbent workers

~Identify risk factors

~Identify opportunities for modified/transitional duty

~Use standard nomenclature provided by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles

~Provide ADA compliant language describing the scope of work versus dictating how the work must be performed to aid in the reasonable accommodation process


WorkSmart Solutions has Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists on staff who are specially trained to identify and develop job-specific tasks to be used in the Post-Offer and Post-Employment testing programs, to set appropriate rehab goals, and to identify the safe physical demands necessary for employees to return to modified or regular work.  Functional job analysis and physical demands analysis allow employers to make informed and legally-compliant decisions about hiring new employees, moving existing employees into new jobs, and returning injured employees safely back to work.


Job analysis includes:

~Identifying the essential duties of an employee in the position

~Monitoring the duration of each task

~Observing the employee at work

~Interviewing the employee and managers about the requirements of the position

~Taking measurements of heights, weights, push/pull requirements for performing the position.