Job Descriptive Index

1. Definition of Job Descriptive Index (JDI)

Job Descriptive Index is a scale used to measure five major factors associated with job satisfaction: the nature of the work itself, compensations and benefits, attitudes towards supervisors, relations with co-workers, and opportunities for promotion.

2. History of Job Descriptive Index

The JDI was first introduced in 1969 and since then has been used by over 1,000 organizations in many sectors. Measurements of strengths and weaknesses within each factors will tell practitioners where improvements can be made.

3. Advantages of Job Descriptive Index

• Extremely easy to use with all types of respondents
• Most commonly used measure of job satisfaction

4. Disadvantages of Job Descriptive Index

• Shouldn’t sum across factors
• Is there more to job satisfaction than just the 5 factors.

5. Main contents of IDI (example)

You stick at place which you chose

a. Nature of the work itself
____Can see results

b. Compensations and benefits
____ Fair
____ Bad

c. Attitudes towards supervisors
____Knows job well
____Not supervise enough
____Around when needed

d. Relations with co-workers

e. Promotion opportunities
____Good opportunities
____Promotion on ability
____Infrequent promotions

6. Analyze data:

a. Nature of the work itself—————–3.8
b. Compensations and benefits———–4.2
c. Attitudes towards supervisors———-3.9
d. Relations with co-workers—————4.7
e. Promotion opportunities—————–2.7

You should consider the following questions with respect to these data:
1. What can you conclude about level of job satisfaction of the employees?
2. What can you conclude about each of the five specific areas of job satisfaction?
3. What could you do to improve the quality of working life of the employees?

7. Related documents

5 methods of employee satisfaction
Free sample employee satisfaction survey
HR career ebooks (you can download free and ref all ebooks related HR career…)

Author: Davi Ngo

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3 Responses to “Job Descriptive Index”

  1. John Ikot says:

    How do I score responses from the JDI index?


  2. PRIYANKA says:


  3. Kwanchanok says:

    Could i get the full version of JDI and JIG item/questionnaire created by smith kendall and hulin , How can i do? I need for my research . Can you suggest me please.

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