The workload and performance relationship in the real world: A study of police officers in a field shooting exercise

Tal Oron-Gilad, James L. Szalma, Shawn C. Stafford, Peter A. Hancock

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between perceived workload and performance by evaluating the responses of police officers to 4 different draw-and-shoot tasks in a night field training exercise which was part of their regular training regimen. Sixty-two police officers volunteered to participate. Results demonstrated an associative trend among 3 tasks where shooting performance decreased and workload increased as the tasks became more complex. However, performance on 1 specific shooting task did not correlate with any of the other 3 tasks, and in this 1 exceptional case, insensitivities were observed in which workload increased but performance remained constant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Field study
  • Performance
  • Police officers
  • Shooting
  • Training
  • Workload

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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