Measures job satisfaction using 5 facets: Work on Present Job, Present Pay, Opportunities for Promotion, Supervision, and Coworkers.  Each facet contains either 9 or 18 items.  These facets can give organizations a hint at which aspects of the job need improvement and which are in good shape.  The JDI Manual provides national norms, where organizations can compare scores of their employees with others of the same organization type, age, gender, etc.  The 5 facets are also good at predicting outcomes such as turnover and intentions to quit.

# of Items: 72

Available Download? Yes

The JIG measures global, or overall, job satisfaction. The JIG has been shown to predict intentions to quit above and beyond the 6 facets of the JDI. The JIG is coupled with the JDI, and for completeness, they are distributed together.

# of Items: 18

Available Download? Yes

While the JDI is one of the most psychometrically sound scales of job satisfaction, when used in combination with other scales its length is sometimes a detractor. In response to this concern, the JDI Research Group developed an abridged version of the JDI. In the aJDI, each facet contains 5 items, reducing its overall length significantly. Reliability and predictive validity remains strong.

# of Items: 30

Available Download? Yes

As a complement to the aJDI, an abridged version of the JIG was developed as well. The aJIG is coupled with the aJDI, and for completeness, they are distributed together.

# of Items: 8

Available Download? Yes

In the process of revising the JDI, we noticed some items affiliated with stress. Since high stress is associated with low job satisfaction, we used our scale-development expertise to develop a scale measuring general stress levels.

# of Items: 8

Available Download? Yes

Our research has indicated that trust in the upper management (not the supervisor) is a very important but rarely-examined element related to job satisfaction.

# of Items: 12

Available Download? Yes

We were curious about the relationship between job satisfaction and life satisfaction, and developed a measure of life satisfaction.

# of Items: 16

Available Download? Contact JDI Office

The SWV measures dimensions of the Protestant Work Ethic (as was explained by Max Weber). The original SWV contained sexist language (e.g., Man's job is to....), so the SWV-U made the scale gender-neutral.

Item Format: 5-point Likert Scale

# of Items: 54

Available Download? Contact JDI Office


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