Is there an exact science to improving employee performance? Successful companies such as Bomgar, Pixibility, and The Sky Factory seem to think so. All 3 companies have one thing in common: Organizational Behavioral Management. By implementing OBM to their daily operations, these companies have seen a dramatic turnaround in their overall companies success in a very short amount of time. Pixibility’s CEO Bettina Hein reports she learned how to manage the right way by applying OMB principles to her employees. Hein states: “If you give people information, then they can adapt their behavior.” OBM is based around empowering and educating the employee which then leads to improved choices. OBM sees to be working quite well for the video production company grossing over a million dollars last year.
Here are 3 reasons big companies are turning to OBM:
1.) OBM is a sub-discipline of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), which is the application of the science of behavior. OBM is guided by a single theory of human behavior and has historically emphasized identification and modification of the environmental variables that affect directly observable or verifiable employee performance (Bucklin, Alvero, Dickinson, Austin, & Jackson, 2000).
2.) Beyond the general principles of organizational systems and structure, OBM focuses on specific concerns such as that promote workplace performance:
- employee safety
- stress, health, and employee productivity
- evaluation of employee satisfaction and feedback systems
- managing absenteeism, tardiness, and turnover
- use of monetary and nonmonetary incentives
- self-management procedures
- programmed instruction, behavioral modeling, and computer-aided instruction
3.) Research has shown that OBM has been successful in a large number of organizations from a performance and financial stand point. Also, a wide variety of companies benefit fro applying OBM principles from tech companies to outpatient counseling facilities.
Bucklin, B. R., Alvero, A. M., Dickinson, A. M., Austin, J., & Jackson, A. K. (2000). Industrial-organizational psychology and organizational behavior management: An objective comparison. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 20, 27- 75.