Why is reliability important?

I believe that reliability is important because people need to be able to relay on other people at work, at university and if someone has agreed to help them do something. If people did not turn up to work when they were suppose to without phoning in or anything, it would cause some trouble for the other employees as they will have to sort something out, getting someone else to cover for them on short notice. Reliability is also important at the workplace because if someone is expecting a company to do something for them they should be able to relay on them to do it on the day that they want it done by, if they don’t then the reputation of the company may be affected and noone will believe that they are reliable so they will not order from them again and the company may go bust. Reliability is also important at the workplace as the manager of the business must be able to relay on his employees to do what they are ask to do as if they do not this will affect the business and cause them to lose money. Another reason that it is important is that if something breaks at your workplace, you will have to relay on someone to fix it, you will want someone who will come straight away to sort it, other than people who are lazy and will turn up when they feel like it. Reliability is also important in University as the students have to be able to relay on the staff to come to teach the lectures and mark their work and the staff also have to relay on the students to come to the lectures that they sort out for them and that the students bring in their work on time or let them know a valid reason why they cannot bring it in at that time.


6 Responses to “Why is reliability important?”

  1. I like your use of examples by showing the importance of reliability and the way that you linked these to society, therefore demonstrating how reliability is important in terms of depending on something or someone else. You clearly show an understanding of the term reliability. However, maybe linking this understanding to Psychology and research, would further expand your knowledge. In addition I agree with the point that you made about reliability in the workplace when relying on somebody else and how crucial this can be.

  2. Good understanding of the term reliability. One thing I would say is you need to make reference to it’s relevance in psychology, rather than in general. The vital responsibility a person has to be part of a research team or to participate is crucial to the success of the research. Also, to add, the reliability of the results too need to be checked which can be seen in the methods used in psychology and the reliability of the participants and the investigator.

    A point I’d add to your blog structure is to use paragraphs, it breaks down the reading and keeps the readers gripped, rather than being taken aback by a big paragraph. When discussing a different element of a subject is when you should begin a new paragraph, so that things are merged together as one.

    Reliability in itself is of huge importance in psychology, and as you’ve stated in general areas in our lives. We depend upon people reaching the standards set. In psychology, it is crucial that all those considered in research and the method itself are reliable to produce valid data, rather than something that can be questioned for false representation of a certain subject matter.

    Overall though, I concur with the level of important placed on reliability.

  3. You have shown a clear understanding of reliability and the importance of using it and I feel that it is particularly important in Psychology in order for the findings to be accurate and valid. If the drawn conclusion is reliable, the more believable it is causing the data found to be scientific rather than opinion or a statement. You could have mentioned that validity is also an important aspect of Psychology as it helps a Psychologist understand whether a study has measured what it set out to. Reliability helps a study to become precise as it is truthful and an essential part of the research process. A reliable study would come to the same conclusion a number of times therefore showing that the findings must be trustworthy and this is why I agree with you in saying that reliability is an important factor not only in Psychology but in every day life.

  4. I like how you’ve explain reliability and applied it to an everyday society. You’ve got a good understanding of the term reliability but you could do with applying it to psychology a little more. Reliability is important in Psychology as it helps a Psychologist find out whether the study has tested what it set out to test.
    I agree with the general importance of reliability

  5. Reliability is also important in psychological research because it’s a good basis for things to be accurately interpreted. There are a few different way to test reliability such as the Test-Retest Reliability, Inter-Rater Reliability, Parallel-Forms Reliability and Internal Consistency Reliability. I find Test-Retest Reliability a good way of estimating because it’s where you get the same group of people or participants to do the same test at two different times. It is believed that there isn’t any change being measured between the two times. This test is good to use for things that stay fairly constant over time. If the time between the two tests isn’t too long then there is more chance of the reliability being higher.

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