The effect of alternative work schedules (AWS) on performance during acquisition based testing at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
Thomas, Alicia J.
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This project analyzed the effects of an alternate work schedule (AWS) on the performance of acquisition based testing conducted at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC), a subordinate test center to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. The literature review uncovered how an AWS improved employee work and life balance and performance at three separate external companies. Other potential AWS success factors such as employee absenteeism, environmental impact, health and safety were analyzed for advantages and disadvantages, and compared to ATC. Finally, an analysis of ATC test data revealed that performance varies depending on project type. Automotive test data showed a four percent increase in performance during an AWS while body armor test data showed no difference in performance. Ultimately, the marginal increase in testing performance and other identified advantages make an AWS an ideal schedule for ATC.
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