Behavioral Observation Scales

Behavioral Observation Scales


Behavioral Observation Scales

1. Definition of Behavioral Observation Scales (BOS)

• Behavioral Observation Scales is frequency rating of critical incidents that worker has performed.
• The BOS was developed by Latham & Wexley (1977) who believed that both graphic rating scales and BARS require supervisors to make vague judgments.
• The BOS is a list of critical incidents behaviors which the supervisor has to rate in terms of frequency.

Wikiseek definition:

Behavioral observation is a method used to measure the behavior and value of employees whose job performance cannot be evaluated on the basis of productivity alone. Such measurements are usually made based on a behavioral observation scale that is used to evaluate everyone in a comparable manner. Such scales are generally used to record whether or not an employee engages in a certain type of behavior or action and,

Definition of

Rating system used in identifying how often employees or trainees display the preferred behavior.

2. Rating scales

We use 5 scales as follows to identify frequency of behavior.

• Never
• Seldom
• Sometimes
• Generally
• Always

3. Identification of critical incidents

Items indicate either desired or undesired aspects of work performance, for examples :
• Worker misses workdays ________
• Worker never needs her/his work to be double checked _______

4. Related documents

Performance appraisal methods

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One Response to “Behavioral Observation Scales”

  1. thanks. . this helped us in our class :)

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