Have you ever wanted to be involved in or lead organizational change?
Specialists in behavior science working in organizational settings support such efforts as performance management, process improvement, training and development, and leadership coaching. In short, these professionals are sometimes called “OBMers”, signifying their specialty in organizational behavior management (OBM). These OBMers are well positioned to support organizations towards building successful teams, impacting significant culture change, and implementing performance improvement strategies to achieve bottom line business results. Many OBMers conduct applied research to evaluate and/or further refine the science towards achieving socially significant impact. OBMers often are found internally within organizations in roles such as human resources, training and development, organizational effectiveness, safety and health, and operations. In addition, OBMers provide their subject matter expertise as external consultants, working with companies of all sizes and across all industries.
Often, we are asked, “how does one become an OBMer?” This is no simple question, as learning any science and developing the skill set requires dedication, discipline, resources, and formal education. Being an OBMer means these professionals took careful time, completed formal educational course work at the undergraduate and graduate level, and more than likely participated and/or led applied research within their area of interest.
However, not all OBMers have received the same education, and many have not even completed formal academic coursework in OBM specifically. In some cases, OBMers learned the science after already being a professional in their chosen field such as engineering, human resources, or another sub-discipline in behavior science such as the clinical practice of ABA therapy. In fact, many people wonder how they can make the career change from ABA to OBM.
“So, how did those individuals, practicing outside of behavioral science, become OBMers?” is another common question we get asked. Whether it’s through additional formal education, on the job training, or setting up a “second career,” what we do know is OBM is a thriving field, with many professionals dedicating their time and efforts to honing their skills to ensure what they do and how they do OBM is done with a great deal of integrity to the science of human behavior.
Let’s get back to the question, so “how do I become an OBMer?” The infographic below provides readers with some insight into how OBMers today have started in the practice and science of OBM. This is not intended to be all encompassing of how to become an OBMer, but rather a starting point, a guide if you will, on learning and growing one’s professional skills in the science of human behavior applied to business toward making a positive difference in people’s lives in the workplace: organizational behavior management.