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The correlation between long-term productivity and short-term performance ratings of harvester operators

Purfürst, Thomas and Lindroos, Ola (2011). The correlation between long-term productivity and short-term performance ratings of harvester operators. Croatian journal of forest engineering. 32:2, 509-519
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Abstract

Human operators are key determinants of the performance of most production systems, so individual performance is of intrinsic interest when evaluating current and proposed systems for forest operations. Such evaluations can be useful for diverse purposes, for instance, planning, incentive-setting, control and costing. Hence, various evaluation methods have been developed, all with pros and cons. Here, we compare subjective, short-term ratings of the work-related behavior of 12 harvester operators and their long-term output (harvested volume per unit time), based on observation periods of a few hours and data gathered over two months, respectively. It was found that competent raters can filter the many, interacting behavioral components and translate short-term observations into grades that reflect the operator’s long-term output well (Spearman’s r(s) > 0.9). Moreover, substantial variations in performance values obtained by both methods were found, probably at least partly attributable to variations in individual performance of both the operators and the raters. We argue that both of the studied methods could be used to adjust population norms (e.g. productivity functions) to the individual’s performance, with sufficient accuracy for normal production purposes (e.g. planning). However, in a scientific context it could be questioned whether the expected uncontrolled variation in operators’ performance is most efficiently minimized by the introduction of uncontrolled variation in rater’s behavior and/or historical data, or if other precautions could be taken to improve the reliability of the data.

Authors/Creators:Purfürst, Thomas and Lindroos, Ola
Title:The correlation between long-term productivity and short-term performance ratings of harvester operators
Series/Journal:Croatian journal of forest engineering (1845-5719)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:32
Number:2
Page range:509-519
Publisher:Forestry faculty of University of Zagreb
ISSN:1845-5719
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area technology > Forest engineering
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
Obsolete subject words > SOCIAL SCIENCES > Social sciences > Psychology > Applied psychology
Keywords:Performance measurement, Operator rating, CTL Harvester thinning, StanForD, Harvester operator, Operator influence, Human Factors
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-269
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-269
ID Code:8440
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Ola Lindroos
Deposited On:18 Nov 2011 14:16
Metadata Last Modified:08 Sep 2017 08:04

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