Gladden, Matthew E., lead developer. Synaptans WorkforceSim™ (version 0.1.081). Published by NeuraXenetica LLC, December 31, 2021.
Abstract. This software has been developed for educational and research-related purposes by NeuraXenetica LLC and is distributed free of charge. It creates a virtual population of simulated factory employees with diverse personal characteristics and abilities and then simulates their daily workplace behaviors and job performance through a specified number of days. Users are able to adjust the values of arguments including the number of persons employed in the factory; the number of days of activity to simulate; the minimum and maximum age of workers; and the mean value and standard deviation for employees’ characteristics such as their attendance rate, industriousness, eagerness and ability to learn, ability to teach others, degree of conscientiousness, ability to inspire and lead others, positivity of attitude, and degree of supportiveness displayed toward their fellow workers. Once such arguments have been specified, the software generates a quasi-randomized virtual workforce possessing such characteristics; simulates the activity of the virtual workforce during the desired period; and then presents the results through a series of visualizations.
By building such a model of a simulated factory workforce, it becomes possible to manipulate variables, test hypotheses, and explore causal relationships in a way that isn’t feasible or desirable with real human beings in a real-world factory setting. For example, the software can facilitate investigation of the kinds of organizational elements, psychological factors, and interpersonal dynamics that have an influence on the motivation, satisfaction, and job performance of employees in a factory setting. A user can also examine the manner in which changes to a virtual workforce’s size and to the psychological characteristics of individual employees impact the structure and performance of larger organizational units such as production teams and entire shifts. The software also makes it possible, for example, to investigate the extent to which variations in the performance of different managers’ teams or shifts may result from random differences in their subordinates’ personal characteristics, rather than from differences in the managers’ own managerial abilities.
Update. A sample synthetic dataset produced with version 0.3.15 of Synaptans WorkforceSim is the “Factory Workers’ Daily Performance & Attrition” dataset, which can be downloaded from Kaggle. This synthetic dataset contains 18 months’ worth of daily performance and attrition data (411,948 observations) for a factory whose organizational structure comprises 508 workers. Due to employee turnover, a total of 687 persons appear in the dataset. The dataset’s observations cover both regular daily events (like workers’ attendance and daily level of Efficacy) and special one-time events (like accidents, an employee’s termination, or the onboarding of a new employee). A unique feature of the dataset is diverse causal relationships “hidden” within the data that are waiting to be uncovered through machine learning.