Work Self-Efficacy Inventory

Confidence in managing one's self in the workplace

Joseph A. Raelin

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Work self-efficacy assesses workers’ confidence in managing themselves in the workplace. The Work Self-Efficacy Inventory (WS-Ei) measures a range of job behaviors and practices referring to beliefs in one's command of the social requirements necessary for success in the workplace.

The WS-Ei’s theoretical underpinning is that individuals with higher work self-efficacy are more likely to undertake, and to be successful in, workplace performance. Furthermore, work accomplishments, in turn, increase self-efficacy through a feedback loop tying subsequent performance to augmented self-efficacy beliefs.

The WS-Ei features seven 5-point Likert-type scales in a response format ranging from “Not at all Confident” to “Completely Confident,” and consists of 30 items organized into the following seven dimensions and an overall composite score:

The WS-Ei is an invaluable tool for:

WS-Ei Forms and Individual Planning and Development Guide:

Work Self-Efficacy Inventory Manual

The WS-Ei Manual presents the developing research for both forms of the WS-Ei, as well as the relevant psychometric data. It also contains a non-reproducible sample of the WS-Ei, in its different forms, as well as a sample of the Individual Planning and Development Guide.

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Sample Survey Items and Directions:

Self Form

Instructions: There are 30 statements in this inventory that reflect your confidence in your ability to perform a variety of workplace activities. Using the scale indicated, circle the number that most applies to you. The survey should take no more than ten to fifteen minutes of your time.

Thinking about your most recent work experience, how confident are you in your ability to:

1 2 3 4 5

Not at all

A Little
A Moderate Amount A Lot Completely


1. Know what is expected of you as a worker.
2. Help build a team as a working unit.
3. Know how things “really work” inside an organization.


Performance Rating Form

Instructions: Using the rating scale below, provide your sense about the person you are rating with regard to his or her success in performing seven specific and one overall work activity.

Thinking about his or her recent work experience, how successful has (name of person) been:

1 2 3 4 5

Not at all

A Little
A Moderate Amount A Lot Completely


1. Learning productively on the job?
2. Solving problems at work?

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