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Constructing Role Objects and Interpreting Role Conflicts Through the Lens of Stress

In my previous post, I discussed the relationship between role conflict and performance.  I suggested that all things being equal, role conflict might be the primary determinant of employee performance.  Companies direct all sorts of resources gathering data for recruitment purposes.  All things being about the same, much of that data collection is irrelevant. …See More
Jul 8
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Role Conflicts and Deviant Behaviours

It has been suggested the role conflicts can lead to poorer performance in the workplace.  Below I present the general dynamics: more role conflicts equate to less performance.Performance can be expressed empirically - as in the case above using a formal scoring scheme.  On the other hand, a qualitative approach can be used: using this alternate methodology, apart from…See More
Jul 3
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Deconstructing the Concept of Efficiency

The concept of efficiency is not always easy to grasp.  People go to work.  They do their job.  They follow the pace.  What exactly is efficiency in the scheme of things?  I think it is important to be able to distinguish between how hard different workers are working.  It is not really possible to discuss efficiency if this kind of comparison is not performed.  Improving efficiency is about getting more from a person or process.  Therefore in order to determine whether or not efficiencies are…See More
May 5
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Design Obstacles that Contribute to Job Security

I often encounter blogs highlighting the amount of effort needed to obtain high-quality data for analysis.  Many aspects of this effort seem reasonable to me: there might be cut-and-pasting, merging, parsing, restructuring, extractions, conversions, concatenations, and conditionals.  There might even be coding embedded in the file containing loops, more sophisticated conditionals, and detailed algorithmic processes.  All of these are relatively minor challenges that can be overcome perhaps at…See More
Apr 14
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Using a Schema to Construct a Metrics Regime

A schema is a conceptual framework.  It can function as a lens through which to study data.  When I was conducting research on workplace stress to do my graduate degree, I did so through the critical lens of social disablement.  I applied a hierarchical schema to study stress constructed from prominent themes in social disablement.  I associated stress with the loss of personal autonomy in the workplace.  There was little doubt in my mind that I had chosen a highly “academic” focus for my…See More
Mar 3
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Using a Schema to Construct a Metrics Regime

A schema is a conceptual framework.  It can function as a lens through which to study data.  When I was conducting research on workplace stress to do my graduate degree, I did so through the critical lens of social disablement.  I applied a hierarchical schema to study stress constructed from prominent themes in social disablement.  I associated stress with the loss of personal autonomy in the workplace.  There was little doubt in my mind that I had chosen a highly “academic” focus for my…See More
Mar 3
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Redefining the Role of Data

It wasn’t too long ago when somebody said to me, “You do reports when you get to doing them.”  To me, this position is most defensible if the reports are for bookkeeping purposes.  I pointed out one day that my reports are for management purposes; and for this reason timeliness is important.  For instance, when one is driving a car, and it is necessary to turn at the next right, turning at the next right five lights later is fairly relevant.  Timing counts.  The “active” process of driving…See More
Feb 17
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Forward and Reverse Containment Logic – Introduction to Relational Data Logistics

The question of how to structure or arrange data in order to gain worthwhile insights is quite different from the issue of what data to include or how it should be analyzed.  I often find myself preoccupied with structure and organization.  In part, this is because of my belief that unique logistics can lead to different types of insights.  Popular these days to the point of gaining industry dominance is holding data as large tables.  If we peer into the code for the application handling the…See More
Dec 30, 2018
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Constructive Surveillance and Social Intervention

I share the concerns that many people have on the use of surveillance – particularly in this period of data monetization and commodification.  I am not troubled by surveillance itself but rather problems relating to the responsible and constructive use of data.  There are reality television shows where the placement of cameras is intended to capture personal and private moments.  Society is quick to pick up on these senseless episodes; yet it seems to tune out and turn away from the harsh…See More
Dec 23, 2018
Don Philip Faithful's blog post was featured

Constructive Surveillance and Social Intervention

I share the concerns that many people have on the use of surveillance – particularly in this period of data monetization and commodification.  I am not troubled by surveillance itself but rather problems relating to the responsible and constructive use of data.  There are reality television shows where the placement of cameras is intended to capture personal and private moments.  Society is quick to pick up on these senseless episodes; yet it seems to tune out and turn away from the harsh…See More
Dec 23, 2018
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Social Teratogenesis and Ergatigenesis

I picked up the term “teratogenesis” from an environmental toxicology course that I took in the early 90s.  The professor explained the origins of the term to the class:  the making of monsters.  Assuming the etymology is Greek, I created the partner term “ergatigenesis” – meaning the making of labourers.  By labourer, I mean the “everyday worker” or as some might say the “proletariat” or member of the working class.  Even here the meaning isn’t quite right.  I mean the domesticated, socially…See More
Nov 15, 2018
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Challenge of Confirming Program Efficacy

Something that has always troubled me with statistics is the pretense of certainty.  The conclusions – being closely associated with calculations – tend to be reached rapidly.  I might only be starting to give a problem some thought – although a statistician has already drawn conclusions.  Over time, this can make a person feel insecure about his intellectual capacity – and perhaps cause him to write a blog on the subject.  Consider the simulated data below:  a special program was implemented…See More
Nov 1, 2018
Nishant Yamujala liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Social Complacency Model of Personal Privacy – The Faulty Discourse
Oct 20, 2018
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Social Complacency Model of Personal Privacy – The Faulty Discourse

Something I learned during my graduate studies is that jails – like the old Don Jail as it once existed in Toronto (photographed by me above) – has special significance among those that study the history of people with disabilities.  For one thing, there are many people with disabilities in jail – sometimes placed there because there isn’t a more suitable facility.  A person can receive…See More
Oct 20, 2018
Don Philip Faithful's blog post was featured

Social Complacency Model of Personal Privacy – The Faulty Discourse

Something I learned during my graduate studies is that jails – like the old Don Jail as it once existed in Toronto (photographed by me above) – has special significance among those that study the history of people with disabilities.  For one thing, there are many people with disabilities in jail – sometimes placed there because there isn’t a more suitable facility.  A person can receive…See More
Oct 20, 2018
Frederick T Williams liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Pattern Recognition Objects and the Internal Conception of Meaning
Oct 11, 2018

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Don Philip Faithful's Blog

Constructing Role Objects and Interpreting Role Conflicts Through the Lens of Stress

Posted on July 7, 2019 at 6:11am 0 Comments

In my previous post, I discussed the relationship between role conflict and performance.  I suggested that all things being equal, role conflict might be the primary determinant of employee performance.  Companies direct all sorts of resources gathering data for recruitment purposes.  All things being about the same, much of that data collection is irrelevant. …

Continue

Role Conflicts and Deviant Behaviours

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 6:50am 0 Comments

It has been suggested the role conflicts can lead to poorer performance in the workplace.  Below I present the general dynamics: more role conflicts equate to less performance.

Performance can be expressed empirically - as in the case above using a formal scoring scheme.  On the other hand, a qualitative approach can be used:…

Continue

Deconstructing the Concept of Efficiency

Posted on May 4, 2019 at 6:58am 0 Comments

The concept of efficiency is not always easy to grasp.  People go to work.  They do their job.  They follow the pace.  What exactly is efficiency in the scheme of things?  I think it is important to be able to distinguish between how hard different workers are working.  It is not really possible to discuss efficiency if this kind of comparison is not performed.  Improving efficiency is about getting more from a person or process.  Therefore in order to determine whether or not efficiencies…

Continue

Design Obstacles that Contribute to Job Security

Posted on April 13, 2019 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I often encounter blogs highlighting the amount of effort needed to obtain high-quality data for analysis.  Many aspects of this effort seem reasonable to me: there might be cut-and-pasting, merging, parsing, restructuring, extractions, conversions, concatenations, and conditionals.  There might even be coding embedded in the file containing loops, more sophisticated conditionals, and detailed algorithmic processes.  All of these are relatively minor challenges that can be overcome…

Continue

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