Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 7

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Understanding human performance

Multidisciplinary model for homo performensis can help improve your workforce 

By Jerry L. Harbour

At the most elementary level, organizations hire us humans mainly for one reason: to perform some predefined set of tasks. Indeed it is as if during working hours, organizations view our Homo sapien selves more as Homo performensis – the performer. Realizing the critical role that H. performensis plays in overall success, organizations constantly seek better ways to analyze and improve the performance of their respective employee workforce. It is suggested, however, that any such analysis and improvement effort must begin first by formulating a better understanding of the fundamental factors and associated interactions that affect human performance, regardless of specific industry or task setting.

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