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What is Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)?

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) is a sub-discipline of ABA.  In OBM, the principles of behavior are used to improve employee and/or team performance at work.  Performance Management, Behavioral-Based Safety and Behavioral Systems Analysis and Intervention are some areas of emphasis in OBM.

What is Performance Management? Performance Management (PM) uses the principles of ABA  to manage individual employees or teams.  PM analyzes the work environment and provides interventions to decrease unproductive or increase productive performance .  PM interventions: goal setting, feedback, job aids, token systems, lottery systems.

What is Behavioral-Based Safety? Behavior-based safety is the analysis and modification of work environments to reduce injuries and promote the safe behavior of employees. Behavior-based safety targets the behavior of the employee(s) to increase safety and promote safe performance.

What is Behavioral Systems Analysis and Intervention? Behavior Systems Analysis and Intervention identifies areas of improvement that will produce the largest positive impact on the organization and focuses on planning and managing the variables that support desired performance.

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