To date, little research has been conducted on the workload experienced by teams. Attempts to evaluate team workload have typically relied upon validated measures of individual workload, but this approach may not adequately capture the drivers of team workload. Data from three previous research experiments were reexamined using hierarchical multiple regression in the present analysis. Each of the experiments assessed individual and team workload, though the measures employed differed in each. The goal was to investigate whether addition of team workload measures improved prediction of team performance after variance associated with experimental manipulations and individual workload had been removed. Results indicated that inclusion of team workload measures produced an increase of 5-15% in the variance explained. This suggests that workload associated with team processes is not adequately reflected in measures of individual workload. Researchers investigating workload in team settings are recommended to consider inclusion of a team workload measure in their experiments.
Funke, G. J.,
Knott, B. A.,
Galster, S. M.,
& Brown, R. D.
(2009). Team Workload: A Construct Worth Pursuing?. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 425-430.