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50 Examples of Routine Work

 , July 21, 2022
Routine work is work that is repeated. This allows for standard approaches to work such as processes, procedures and practices that produce relatively predictable and uniform results. Routine work tends to be productive with a low rate of failure and standard levels of quality. The following are illustrative examples.
Billing
Book Keeping (accounting)
Cooking Your Favorite Recipe
Customer Complaint Handling
Customer Service (common interactions)
Diagnosing a Common Problem
Driving a Bus (existing route)
Filming an Episode of a Long Running Media Production
Food Processing
Hire-to-Retire
Logistics (e.g. shipping standard items)
Manufacturing
Order Returns
Package Delivery
Payment Processing
Performing Music You've Performed Before
Planting (farming)
Preparing Menu Items At a Restaurant
Product Assembly
Product Packaging
Quality Control (manufacturing)
Reordering (Procurement)
Resolving a Recurring Problem
Service Operations (e.g. running a hotel)
Settling Stock Trades (banking)
Standard Construction (e.g. paving a driveway)
Standard Maintenance
Standard Medical Procedures
Standard Sales (e.g. selling a car)
Teaching a Class You've Taught Before
Technology Operations
Technology Support
Hire-to-retire is the HR process of administering employees throughout their career with a firm.
Anything covered by a business process or procedure is typically routine.
What is routine to one industry or business may not be routine to another. For example, a restaurant with a routine of offering unique dishes every night versus a restaurant where new dishes are seldom introduced such that developing new dishes is a major undertaking.

Non-routine Work

Non-routine work is work that is unique or that isn't repeated very often. The following are basic examples.
Building a Custom House With Unique Architecture
Business Change
Career Change
Complex Sales
Composing Music
Consultative Sales
Cooking a New Type of Cuisine
Custom Work
Development
Disaster Recovery
Experiments
Film Production
Innovation
Odd Jobs
Projects
Request for Proposal (procurement)
Research
Tasks That Recur Infrequently (e.g. 30 year maintenance cycle)

Project Management

Some elements of a project can be routine, particularly project management and related processes such as project governance and project risk management. Likewise, projects that are organized into short repeated sprints resemble an efficient routine more than big, long projects that tend to resemble custom work.
Overview: Routine Work
Type
Definition
Work that is repeated.
Relevance
Increased productivity, efficiency, measurability, quality, predictability and consistency.
Allows For
Processes
Best Practices
Procedures
Automation
Optimization
Standards
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