Angela Cathey, MA & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA
Brett DiNovi & Associates
Motivating and engaging employees is a central mission of any leader. As a business begins to scale you cannot achieve all your goals alone, for most leaders this shift is a challenge. As behavioral scientists, we recommend that you use methods to motivate employees that are science based. Using pay and reward programs that are based on the principles of behavior can save you time, energy, and money while motivating your workforce.
In a recent video by Brett DiNovi & Associates, Brett and his staff discuss a number of principle-driven ways they have motivated their employees successfully. We will review of few of the methods discussed in his video here. First, getting better performance from your employees does not have to be complicated. You do not need to micromanage your employees, and indeed, this strategy will often backfire creating distrust and lower motivation in your staff. Using methods like Differential Reinforcement of High Rates (DRH) can improve your staff performance overall. This reward method entails setting criteria for reward that indicate a high level of effective performance, for example a higher revenue return for the month or a higher number of customers served per month. If the staff member, or team, hits this goal then they receive an incentive.
Another way in which you can promote great behavior in your organization is by posting positive feedback from one team member to another publicly. Social recognition for good performance is generally highly motivating and is also low cost for you as a leader. Similar to this, you may also choose to randomly reward employees who participate effectively in meetings or tasks that they are otherwise unrequired to do. This strategy can be used to effectively motivate team members to come to trainings, meetings, and can also be low cost if the reward is done in a manner that makes the winner random and the prize somewhat random. Brett DiNovi and Associates uses a literal prize spin wheel that allows anyone present and exhibiting preferred behavior to win prize indicated. This is a low-cost strategy because all staff members may present and exhibit preferred behavior and yet the organization only rewards the winning staff member.
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Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA has the unique and distinguished experience of studying the principles of applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University’s internationally recognized program. For the past 26 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large scale change across school districts, Fortune 500 companies using principles of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), and across individual learners. Brett has been a OBM consultant in Morgantown WV, an instructor at West Virginia University, a guest lecturer at numerous universities, a speaker on multiple Comcast Newsmakers TV programs, an expert witness in due process hearings, has publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has been in in executive leadership positions across schools and residential programs nationwide. In addition to an award from South Jersey Biz Magazine for “Best Places to Work,” an award for “Best of Families” in Suburban Magazine, and the distinguished “Top Ranked U.S. Executives” award, Brett’s proudest accomplishment is being a role model and father for his daughter and two stepchildren (one of which has autism). Brett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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