History of Advanced Ergonomics and Employment Testing
In 1986, AEI began a two-year prospective validation study in grocery distribution to measure the impact of physical ability testing on worker performance. The results showed a direct relationship between the applicants' test scores and their ability to perform the job. A key result was that those who failed the test battery had a significantly higher incidence of injuries. Those who passed the test battery had a higher rated job performance in areas such as productivity, days lost, and turnover.
Subsequent to the study in grocery distribution, AEI performed two additional prospective validation studies in retail and beverage distribution. Each of these studies yielded results and conclusions consistent with the initial grocery study. As such, AEI began offering the development and management of a physical abilities testing program to employers with the following purposes:
1) decrease the number and severity of injuries, decrease turnover, and increase productivity.
2) use a battery of physical ability tests that are inexpensive, safe, reliable and can be
implemented on a uniform basis across the nation,
3) have cutoff scores that reflect the physical demands of the job, and
4) fulfill the legal requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the
Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Today, Advanced Ergonomics, Inc., is the largest physical abilities employment testing company in the United States, having performed over 1 million tests for employers in over 1,400 locations.