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Human behavior form our lives – both privately and in the workplace

Many of our behaviors are learned and are thus possible to change. Consequences mean that we repeat a behavior or that we avoid doing the same thing. In other words, our actions are governed by the direct consequences that arise in the interaction with our environment. The forces that affect us in the situations we encounter have a great effect on us. When we are aware of this, we can use various strategies and methods, influence our behaviors so that they increase efficiency, team feeling, motivation and, not least, safety in workplaces where serious accidents occur.

Changed behavior = better results

Behavior is observable and therefore also measurable. We can measure how often something is done, how long it lasts and the strength of the behavior. The measurability means that we can, for example, see if we are on the right track in an organization… or if there is no change.

Move has extensive experience of helping businesses and organizations achieve better results by working with people’s behavior in various ways, on a scientific basis. Among other things, through Organizational Behavior Management (OBM); a tool for applying behavioral analysis and learning psychology. OBM is about what governs our behaviors and how we can influence them in the desired direction. Consequence is a key concept in OBM. By this is meant that the environment’s reactions to action control the individual’s behavior.

ABC

Within OBM, ABC is a central concept. A stand for antecedent and is the action that sets behavior in motion. It can, for example, be about a time plan, a certain goal or a certain routine. B stands for the behavior initiated by the activator. C, finally, is the consequence that arises directly for the individual performing the behavior. Organizations and their leaders often focus on antecedents and become astonished and disappointed that employees do not do what has been decided on in the form of, for example, instructions. Something that is extra critical in a workplace where such behavior may result in serious accidents and in the worst case even deaths. Why don’t people do what has been decided on? The reason is that it has not been taken into account that the desired behavior in the short term has negative consequences for the individual performing the action. Here you have to work in a completely different way. For example with BBS – Behavior-Based Safety.

BBS – for increased workplace safety

BBS is a system for increased workplace safety and is built around behavioral analytic research. BBS is based on the fact that all employees are involved in safety work. The goal is to increase the number of safe behaviors, rather than just avoiding risky behaviors. In BBS you work front-line based and start from the people “on the floor”. It is those who know best where the risks are at the workplace. The main task of the workers is to help each other establish new safe behaviors. This is mainly done by observing each other’s behaviors in order to increase the number of safe behaviors with joint forces. The goal is to turn the behaviors you have chosen to work with into safe habits and to establish these safe habits for preventative purposes before the accident occurs. Eventually, it leads to an open working climate where incidents are something you dare to and want to talk about and see as opportunities to learn.  

 Move Management and BBS 

Move Management has the longest experience in Sweden of helping companies work proactively with security through BBS. In a collaboration with us, our customers become involved in the daily activities at the workplace with the aim of encouraging a safe working environment. In our method Safe Habits® the entire organization works actively with problem-solving related to safety and it becomes part of the daily routines. The goal is a workplace culture where safe habits become the norm, something which usually goes pretty fast.

Time to work with desirable behaviors in your business in a systematic and result-oriented manner? Then OBM specialist Ulf Dennholt is there for you. Ulf is available at ulf@move.se or telephone +46 700 24 05 90.