Established measures of work values were often developed without consideration of age‐related differences, and thus might not be sensitive for values that are only relevant for specific subgroups (i.e. older workers). Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to introduce a new measure that reflects a broad range of different work values including those of special interest for older workers (generativity values). The Munster Work Value Measure (MWVM) covers 21 work values from five value clusters, and combines a rating and ranking version.
The theoretical concept of the MWVM integrates various approaches from work motivation research. Reliability and validity of the MWVM are examined in two studies (n=81, n=471) using confirmatory factor analysis and multidimensional unfolding as well as concurrent data of organizational citizenship behavior and age‐related differences in work values.
The assumed structure of the MWVM was largely supported in both studies and for both the ranking and the rating versions of the MWVM. Moreover, correlational data supported the external validity of the MWVM.
Further validation research is desirable, together with benchmark data for specific subgroups (age, gender, occupations).
The MWVM qualifies as an efficient screening tool of motivational profiles and provides a basis for age‐sensitive human resource management.
The MWVM is the first measure that covers a broad range of work values including those of particular importance to older workers. The MWVM is available at the authors' web site.
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