Task Significance is a measure of impact that determines an extent to which an employee’s measurable and identifiable task affects tasks of other employees within or outside their organization. It shows how a piece of employee work relates to other work pieces that are either done or in progress.
For example, there is a project for developing a website. A designer creates a website layout. This task is related and significant to other tasks, such as HTML coding, content writing and search optimization. The project can’t be developed until the designer completes the task. The significance of the designer’s task determines how soon and in what order other employees (HTML coders, copywriters, SEO specialists, web masters) will start or continue doing their tasks.
Task significance is a qualitative metric. It allows figuring out whether a given task of an employee has a positive impact on task performance of other employees. There are several aspects that determine the nature of task significance:
- An increase in task significance improves employee job performance.
- If one task becomes significant to other task(s), then performance of an employee assigned to the first task will influence performance of other employees assigned to the rest of the tasks.
- Employee satisfaction greatly depends on how tasks are linked and significant to each other.
- Employee initiative and pro-activity caused by work motivation will strengthen relationships between tasks and thereby their significance to each other.