No 9 – Assessment Scheduling Strategies
“In simple terms, assessment strategies can be defined as episodic, periodic, or continuous – we will break down each of these strategies in more detail,” Join LifeBooster’s Program Manager & Ergonomist, William Thomas, as we discuss how different assessment strategies fall along a continuum and how frequently you can reassess a given employee or job task.
Wearable technology enables the assessment of employees and job tasks through targeted data collection strategies. Understanding these different assessment strategies will help you select the right approach to help you meet your program goals.
The first step in selecting the right assessment strategy is to ensure you’ve established a clear goal for your wearables program. This program goal will help guide you to the ideal assessment strategy and will help define how frequently you will capture assessments. These different assessment strategies fall along a continuum that defines the interval of assessments or how frequently you reassess a given employee or job task. In simple terms, assessment strategies can be defined as either episodic, periodic, or continuous; we will break down each of these strategies in more detail.
1. Episodic – Short, Focussed Sprint Assessments
An episodic assessment strategy is a focussed sprint of assessments with a specific employee group or task of interest. In this strategy a set number of assessments is collected over a discrete period of time before moving the wearables to another group for data collection. This strategy could be applied if your program goal was to catalogue, compare and prioritize risk for all tasks across a set job type.
2. Periodic – Reassessments Along a Set Time Interval
A periodic assessment strategy utilizes a predetermined assessment frequency which can be grouped at a number of set intervals. This means that an employee, job, or task can be reassessed on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly interval. This assessment interval may be defined by specific risk criteria, for instance where higher risk employees are re-assessed on a more frequent basis, and lower risk employees are re-assessed less frequently.
3. Continuous – Sustained Assessments for Continuous Monitoring
The third strategy is a continuous assessment strategy in which an employee or task is assessed on a continuous basis. This means consistently assessing a given employee, job, or task on an ongoing basis. This strategy may be employed when looking at a high-risk group of employees who need more consistent, catered support to analyze job risks and to inform job coaching and work improvements. With this strategy, employers can continually monitor risk and implement corrective actions to improve employee safety.
At LifeBooster we provide our customers with risk assessment strategies that are catered to meet the goals of any safety program.
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