Human Resource Management and Operational Readiness as Measured by Refresher Training on Navy Ships
Final rept. 1 Jul 1974-31 Dec 1975
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Navy in 1973 instituted a Human Goals Plan to ensure both a high level of combat effectiveness and personnel excellence. For the current study, scores earned by ships during Refresher Training REFTRA were used as a dependent measure of combat effectiveness or readiness for combat. The indices on the Human Resource Management HRM Survey were used as the independent measure of personnel or organizational excellence. The nature and strength of the relationship between these two measures is the focus of this study. It was hypothesized that the more effective the human resource management system within a ship, the higher the REFTRA scores. REFTRA scores were obtained for 34 ships that had been surveyed as part of the HRM program. Each ship had either one or two scores, depending on which type of REFTRA--full or interim--has been conducted. Using the overall weighted REFTRA averages for the 16 ships that had undergone full REFTRA, the correlation coefficients between REFTRA and those perceptions assessed by the HRM Survey strongly supported the research hypothesis. All coefficients were in the predicted direction and over half reached significance at the .01 level of confidence. The highest correlations were found with indices that stressed team effort and coordination. The strongly positive relationships were not sustained using the unweighted averages of interim REFTRA. Comparison of extreme groups on the HRM Survey indices revealed that the high HRM ships scored up to 4.16 points higher in REFTRA.
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