Work Self-Efficacy Inventory


Author: Joseph A. Raelin

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.

WS-Ei has two forms. Form A (Self Form) is completed by the respondent. There are 30 statements that reflect the respondent’s confidence in his or her ability to perform a variety of workplace activities. Form B (Performance Rating Form) can be filled out by both self and others and is a single-item inventory. It is a performance-based measure that can be used as a basis for professional and personal development as well as a tool for performance feedback.

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    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the WS-Ei form. PDFs are not refundable.
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    Builds a report that interprets an individual's WS-Ei Self Form scores. You invite participants to take the survey and Transform™ generates their reports.
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    Interprets and reports on your WS-Ei Self Form scores. You complete the survey and Transform™ generates your report. Transform will connect this report to the "Send To" email provided at checkout. Note: This product is for a single use, with automated survey administration. For multiple uses, buy instead the Individual Report product in quantity needed.
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Features of the WS-Ei

Purpose: Measure job behaviors referring to beliefs in one's command of the social requirements necessary for success in the workplace.


WS-Ei Form A = 30 items

WS-Ei Form B = 8 items

Average completion time:

WS-Ei Form A = 10 minutes

WS-Ei Form B = 5 minutes

Target population: Working adults

Administration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the WS-Ei

  • Assess the level of self-efficacy in an individual
  • Assess the level of self-efficacy in a workforce group
  • Develop self-efficacy in a workforce group


Learning: confidence in being able to learn productively on the job.

Problem Solving: confidence in solving problems in the workplace.

Pressure: confidence in coping with stress as well as with time and schedule pressures.

Role Expectations: confidence in understanding and fulfilling one’s role(s) assigned at work.

Teamwork: confidence in working well within a team environment.

Sensitivity: confidence in demonstrating sensitivity to others in the workplace.

Work Politics: confidence in scoping out and managing organizational politics and traditions.

Overall Work Self-Efficacy: confidence in managing oneself well in the workplace.

From the Manual

"Self-efficacy has been widely established in the literature as a critical construct within Albert Bandura’s social learning theory. It constitutes a judgment about one’s ability to perform a particular behavior pattern. Self-efficacy expectations are considered the primary cognitive determinant of whether or not an individual will attempt a given behavior. Self-efficacy is known to have considerable potential explanatory power over such behaviors as: self-regulation, achievement strivings, academic persistence and success, coping, choice of career opportunities, and career competency. Perhaps its most noteworthy contribution is its empirical relationship to subsequent performance."

-- Joseph A. Raelin, The Work Self-Efficacy Inventory Manual

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