Studying the Impact of College Selection as it Relates to Future Job Performance…

“In the civilian world, graduates of colleges and universities work for a vast range of companies with extremely diversified pay scales, promotion schedules, and performance evaluation systems. In contrast, all graduates of the commissioning programs serve the same employer: the United States Navy. Therefore, with established performance measures across the organization, job performance in the… Read More

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Workplace Stress & Psychological Flexibility

When a colleague takes time off for illness – what is your first thought? Was it ‘they have gone off sick because they are stressed?’ Probably not. Few realise that 49% of all working days lost in the UK in 2016-17 were caused by work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Although short-term stress, such as working to an… Read More

Does Wearing Combat Clothing & Backpack Result in Shooting Performance Degradation?

Research Paper Title Effect of carrying different military equipment during a fatigue test on shooting performance. Background This study investigated the effect of a 3-km walking test (3kWT) carrying different military equipment on shooting performance, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate (HR), and test time. Methods The relative combat wear and backpack weight (as… Read More

Utilising Subjective Methodologies in the Development of Scientifically Defensible Physical Employment Standards

Research Paper Title The application of subjective job task analysis techniques in physically demanding occupations: evidence for the presence of self-serving bias. Background The aim of this study was to determine if perceptions of physically demanding job tasks are biased by employee demographics and employment profile characteristics including: Age; Sex; Experience; Length of tenure; Rank;… Read More

Combat Survivability Tasks Associated with Naval Vessel Damage

Research Paper Title The identification of combat survivability tasks associated with naval vessel damage in maritime environments. Abstract Effective Navy personnel have the physical ability to perform combat survivability tasks commensurate with their unique physical requirements due to the distinctive characteristics of naval platforms. The aim of this investigation was to identify the physically demanding… Read More

Linking (Military) Fitness Tests for Job Selection or Retention with Job Performance

Research Paper Title Fitness Tests and Occupational Tasks of Military Interest: A Systematic Review of Correlations. Background Physically demanding occupations (i.e. military, firefighter and law enforcement) often use fitness tests for job selection or retention. Despite numerous individual studies, the relationship of these tests to job performance is not always clear. Methods This review examined… Read More

Quantity & Measured versus Quality & Judged

“In fact, quality, not quantity, becomes the watchword. But quality must be judged, not measured.” (Bleecker, 1986, p.98). Reference Bleecker, S. (1986) Taking the Factory out of the Office. Computerworld: The Newsweekly for the Computer Community. XX(24), pp.95-104.