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Work ethic scale

Time

3-5 min

Questions

20

Language

English

Type

Attitudes and Beliefs, Self-Report

Suitable for

All positions

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Scale Summary

Work ethic refers to the extent to which a person places work at or near the centre of their lives, showing the degree to which they believe in the value and importance of work for its own sake. As such, work ethic consists of people’s beliefs and attitudes that pertain to work-related activities in general, and not specific to any particular jobs, that may be reflected in their workplace behaviours.

Based on well-researched and validated theories of work ethic and their corresponding measures (such as The Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile; Miller, Woehr, & Hudspeth, 2002 and The Work Ethic Scale; Sharma, & Rai, 2015), the present instrument assesses a person's work ethic consisting of four key areas:

  • Work Value - the extent to which a person considers work as a central life interest, and the tendency to believe in work for work’s sake.
  • Work-Related Ethics - the degree to which a person believes in just and moral principles when it comes to work.
  • Intrinsic Motivation - the extent to which an individual is motivated by the satisfaction and the challenge that work itself brings, rather than by external rewards or pressures.
  • Diligence - the degree to which a person appreciates hard work and using their time productively.

Scale Outcomes

Higher scores on this scale can help identify people who tend to experience:

  • a higher level of organisational commitment, in the sense that they may experience emotional attachment towards their organisation, and thus they may not want to quit because they are emotionally invested and/or because they feel they have a moral obligation to stay within the company.
  • a higher degree of job involvement, contributing to performance and morale because they engage deeply in their work and make it a meaningful and fulfilling experience.
  • a higher level of job satisfaction.

Scale Measurement Areas

The HireNest Work Ethic Scale investigates people’s work ethic by considering four areas of measurement:

Work Value

The extent to which work is considered a central life interest, and the tendency to believe in work for work’s sake.

Work-Related Ethics

The belief in just and moral principles when it comes to work.

Intrinsic Motivation

The extent to which motivation comes from the satisfaction and the challenge that work itself brings, as opposed to external rewards or pressures.

Diligence

The extent to which hard work and a productive use of time is appreciated.

Why Measure Work Ethic?

People’s beliefs and opinions about work in general differ. This scale is useful for identifying the degree to which one considers that work is important in itself, that diligence is vital for achieving goals and that it has a moral benefit, thus guiding one’s behaviour. Consequently, the present instrument is focused on work-related attitudes, and shows an inclination to appreciate work and an efficient use of time because of their intrinsic value.

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