Behavioral self-monitoring of safety and productivity in the workplace: A methodological primer and quantitative literature review

Ryan Olson, Jamey Winchester

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Abstract

Workplace applications of behavioral self-monitoring (BSM) methods have been studied periodically for over 35 years, yet the literature has never been systematically reviewed. Recent occupational safety interventions including BSM resulted in relatively large behavior changes. Moreover, BSM methods are functional for addressing a broad range of occupational health psychology topics. Studies (n = 24) where workers self-monitored productivity or safety behaviors were reviewed and scored along dimensions relevant to research and practice. For intervention conditions (n = 38), standardized effect sizes ranged from 0.2 to 14.5 (weighted average d = 2.8). The results encourage the use of BSM in workplace interventions, but the literature has insufficiently addressed the isolated and additive effects of BSM, worker involvement and individual differences, assessment applications, and theory testing and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-75
Number of pages67
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior Management
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2008

Keywords

  • Literature review
  • Productivity
  • Safety
  • Self-monitoring
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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