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Original scientific paper

The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators

Thomas Purfürst ; Institute of Forest Utilization and Forest Technology Technische Universität Dresden D-01737 Tharandt GERMANY
Ola Lindroos   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-7112-4460 ; Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umeå SWEDEN

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APA 6th Edition
Purfürst, T. & Lindroos, O. (2011). The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 32 (2), 509-519. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654
MLA 8th Edition
Purfürst, Thomas and Ola Lindroos. "The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol. 32, no. 2, 2011, pp. 509-519. https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Purfürst, Thomas and Ola Lindroos. "The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering 32, no. 2 (2011): 509-519. https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654
Harvard
Purfürst, T., and Lindroos, O. (2011). 'The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators', Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 32(2), pp. 509-519. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654 (Accessed 19 October 2021)
Vancouver
Purfürst T, Lindroos O. The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2021 October 19];32(2):509-519. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654
IEEE
T. Purfürst and O. Lindroos, "The Correlation between Long-Term Productivity and Short-Term Performance Ratings of Harvester Operators", Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol.32, no. 2, pp. 509-519, 2011. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654. [Accessed: 19 October 2021]

Abstracts
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 rs > 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.

Keywords
performance measurement; operator rating; CTL harvester thinning; StanForD; harvester operator; operator influence; human factors

Hrčak ID: 72654

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/72654

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