Organizational Behavior Management, or OBM, is the application of behavior principles in business and industry. It is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that aims to improve individual and group performance, as well as worker safety. OBM has effectively helped many organizations find solutions to workplace issues, improve critical business results, and build a foundation of positive reinforcement in the workplace.
OBM consultation can be provided in the following areas:
Performance Management: The management of individual employee or a group of employees through the application of behavioral principles is called Performance Management (PM). The PM process usually involves the analysis of antecedents and consequences supporting the behaviors of individuals or groups within the organization and manipulating these variables to either decrease unproductive or increase productive performance (Austin, 2000; Daniels & Daniels, 2004; Diener et al., 2009). Common interventions used in PM include goal setting, feedback, job aids, token systems, lottery systems, etc. (Diener et al., 2009).
Behavioral Systems Analysis: The Behavioral Systems Analysis (BSA) method involves outlining how the components of the system interact, including how each individual contributes to the overall functioning of the system (McGee, 2007). The value of BSA is that it allows us to analyze the organization outside the basic three-term contingency of antecedents, behaviors, and consequences to identify variables that can significantly impact individual and organizational performance. By analyzing the entire organization as a system, one can identify areas of improvement that will produce the largest positive impact on the organization and focus on planning and managing the variables that support desired performance (Diener et al., 2009).
Behavior-Based Safety: Behavior-based safety focuses on the analysis and alteration of work environments to reduce injuries and promote safe behavior among leaders and employees. This family of evidence-based interventions, which have traditionally focused on safety communication, feedback, and reinforcement processes, can be applied to complement and enhance traditional safety controls. The first priority in safety is always to eliminate occupational hazards from the work environment. The next priorities are substitution and engineering controls. Behavioral processes would be best categorized as administrative controls that can be used to promote safety priority and protective behaviors at all levels of an organization.
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