Organization of Work: Job Characteristics Inventory

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Job Characteristics Inventory

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Content Area(s)

  • Job content
  • Task significance

Instrument Type


Occupation and Sector Specificity

Occupation(s): Generic

Sector(s): Generic

Name and Size of Work Organization and/or Workplace Psychosocial Measures

Task significance (task identity) (30 items)

Other Content Areas Included in the Instrument


Developmental Status of the Instrument

Instrument used widely; well-defined properties.


Original: English

Other: unknown

Reliability and Validity Information (or Relevant Citation)

Reliability: Coefficient alpha: 0.76 to 0.84.

Validity: Sub-scales of autonomy, feedback and identity correlated positively with satisfaction and supervision.

Selected Reference

Yitzhak F (1991) Meta-analytic comparison of the job diagnostic survey and job characteristics inventory as correlates of work satisfaction and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 690-697.

Accessibility of the Instrument

Public Domain

User Fees


Where to Obtain a Copy of the Instrument

Sims HP, Szilagyi AD & Keller RT (1976). The measurement of job characteristics. Academy of Management Journal, 19, 195-212. As cited in Cook et al. (1981). The experience of work.