Organization of Work: Job Descriptive Index 2

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Workers putting puzzle pieces together

Job Descriptive Index 2

No Web site known

ID = 118

Content Area(s)

  • Benefits and compensation systems
  • Career trajectory / ladder
  • Job content
  • Job satisfaction
  • Management style
  • Social supports / relations

Instrument Type


Occupation and Sector Specificity

Occupation(s): Generic

Sector(s): Generic

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

Co-workers satisfaction (18 items)

Opportunities for promotion (9 items)

Pay satisfaction (9 items)

Supervision satisfaction (18 items)

Work itself satisfaction (18 items)

Other Content Areas Included in the Instrument

Overall job satisfaction (job in general) (1 item)

Developmental Status of the Instrument

Instrument used widely; well-defined properties.


Original: English

Other: Spanish, Russian, Mongolian

Reliability and Validity Information (or Relevant Citation)

Reliability: Coefficient alpha: 0.86 to 0.91.

Validity: Correlated with other measures of job satisfaction. Balzer WK, Kihm JA, Smith PC, Irwin JL, Bachiochi PD, Robie C, Sinar EF, Parra LF (1997) Users’ manual for the Job Descriptive Index (JDI: 1997 Rev).

Selected Reference

Ironson GH, Smith PC, Brannick MT, Gibson WM, Paul KB (1989) Construction of a job in general scale: A comparison of global, composite and specific measures. Journal of Applied Psychology, 74:1-8.

Accessibility of the Instrument


User Fees

Fees depend on what the measure will be used for. Those interested should contact the JDI office for fee information.

Where to Obtain a Copy of the Instrument

JDI Office, Bowling Green State University, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Voice: (419) 372-8247, Fax: (419) 372-6013, Email: