Date of Award

12-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Ringdahl, Joel

Abstract

The need continues within the field of organizational behavior management for empirically valid and feasible interventions to assist organizations with producing desirable changes in the work behavior of employees. The present study sought to determine the utility of a procedure to identify preferred stimulus among employees and the effects of implementation of the preferred stimulus on employee performance. Baseline data was collected on the productivity of employees. Then, a preference assessment was administered to employees. The results of the preference assessment yielded a commonly preferred stimulus which was then implemented to test for an effect on employee task completion. Results indicated moderate increases in employee performance and support the use of preference assessments to identify effective reinforcers for employees.

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