Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W47
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Improving Work Culture: Happier Staff and a More Productive Organization
Friday, May 24, 2019
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich E
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jill E. McGrale Maher, M.A.
JILL E. MCGRALE MAHER (Massachusetts Preparatory Academy for Children ), COURTNEY MAHER (Michigan State University ), BRITANY MELTON (Endicott College), IAN MELTON (Endicott College, Riverbend Behavioral Health)
Description: A great workplace culture can appear to be rare–and creating one is elusive and near impossible for some organizations. People are often frustrated by their culture, many describing their workplace as being dominated by negative and toxic personalities, with underhanded and manipulative infighting that stifles work production, retention, and overall happiness of staff. The literature to date focuses in the areas of improving work safety (DeJoy, 2005), organizational change (Meyer, et al, 2002; Smirclch, 1983) and effective leadership (Geller, 2015; Krapfl, 2015), with minimal practical guides for managers or organizations for how to define, measure, and improve work culture in a systematic fashion (Reid, 2016) in applied settings. This workshop will provide practical and easy to implement strategies to improve culture.
Learning Objectives: Participants will: 1. Define work an exemplary work culture 2. Discuss why a “healthy” work culture is important 3. Define and identify at least 3 ways to improve work culture both organizationally and clinically 4. Identify specific training and supports required for Behavior Analysts and Supervisors 5. Operationally define a minimum of 3 specific staff and client behaviors that collectively yield improved work culture 6. Define and measure staff happiness 7. Discuss outcomes of staff happiness 8. Identify 3 “take homes”
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture, discussion, small group breakouts
Audience: Supervisors, BCBAs, and Administrators of agencies, organizations, schools providing services to clients with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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