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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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
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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