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A picture is worth a thousand words: Pictorial scales for the assessment of work intensity

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In the field of work and organizational psychology, verbal questionnaires provide a solid and valid foundation for the assessment of working conditions and employees’ attitudes. In the view of practitioners, these instruments are often too long, requiring a lot of time to complete, and employees might resist the invitation to participate in frequent surveys. To address these drawbacks, we present an alternative approach and describe the development of pictorial scales for the assessment of work intensity. Pictorial scales provide a simple and inviting format for the assessment of work intensity, and therefore, are a suitable instrument for practice-oriented formats such as interviews or workshops. Moreover, pictorial scales have advantages in repeated assessments such as in diary studies.

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work intensity, work intensification, work demands, pictorial scales, interview guide, workshop material, diary studies

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Soucek, R. & Voss, A. S., (2022) “A picture is worth a thousand words: Pictorial scales for the assessment of work intensity”, EWOP in Practice 16(1), 45–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87161

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Roman Soucek orcid logo (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Amanda S. Voss orcid logo (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

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