Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Paper Session #321
CE Offered: BACB
Why Behavior-Based Wellness is Good for Business
Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 PM–4:25 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon E
Area: OBM
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Kristyn Peterson (Zendicoded )
CE Instructor: Kristyn Peterson, Ph.D.
Why Behavior-Based Wellness is Good for Business
Domain: Theory
Abstract: Does “employee wellness” conjure up images of questionable products and pseudoscience instead of research-based approaches to employee experience? Then, this presentation is for you. In today's dynamic and demanding work environments, employee wellness has emerged as a paramount concern – especially for organizations laboring under burnout and turnover. Learn how Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) can foster an engaged and satisfied workforce, enhance productivity, and boost worker satisfaction through behavior-based employee wellness programs. This presentation reinterprets research-based wellness frameworks through a behavior analytic lens; from how to analyze and harness cultural selection to creative strategies for measuring behavior-based wellness. Practical strategies for service delivery will be provided, including how to align wellness initiatives to an organization’s mission, vision, and values, and how to gain buy in from stakeholders. Finally, research and strategies on measuring return on investment (ROI) and methods of tying wellness to organizational key performance indicators (KPIs) will be provided to empower BCBAs to create a culture of health, reduce absenteeism, and boost productivity.
Target Audience:

The target audience for the CE are BCBAs and BCBA-Ds with a foundational understanding of Organizational Behavior Management and behavioral selection at the cultural level. Participants should

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Independently generate specific, measurable and observable behaviors for each of the eight dimensions of wellness. 2. Identify two strategies for aligning behavior-based wellness initiatives to an organization’s mission, vision, or values that are based in behavior-analytic research. 3. Identify three or more variables that could be measured to determine the ROI of organizational behavior-based wellness programming. 4. Determine organizational KPIs that are influenced by increased employee wellness



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