Scores for this area indicate an individual’s relative degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with respect to a variety of job-related temperaments. The resulting profile is a reliable predictor of what situations will be sought out by a person in order to maximize his/her job satisfaction. It is important to recognize that the JSI scores do not limit the type of job that a person is capable of doing. Rather, these factors indicate the relative amounts of satisfaction or dissatisfaction that an individual derives from certain dimensions of the work environment.
For people who are highly positive on the Versatile scale, the answer is 8-10 projects. The Versatile scale measures the tendency of individuals to seek out situations which involve variety and change. People who like being versatile enjoy having their attention shifted from one thing to another, rather than focused on the same thing for long periods of time. Also they like the opportunity to encounter the new and unexpected. This scale measures the inclination to keep track of a number of different things at one time, adjusting to changes in the pace of activities and moving with ease from one task or frame of mind to another. Versatile people like to be where several things are going on at once and can cope with continually changing and even conflicting situations.
This characterizes people who like to work in strict adherence to procedures or at an established pace set by a machine or supervisor; continuing the same task without interruptions or diversions; like to have work activity in a set order and like activities to be relatively free from intrusions or the unexpected and done in an uncomplicated manner. These people like a regular routine.
These people like to perform tasks according to the instructions of others and are amenable to having their work closely checked and inspected. This temperament is characterized by attempting to please other people, accepting the environment as it is, liking to conform to what other people think, carrying out plans and following instructions without questioning them and liking to have clear-cut instructions so that it is known exactly what is expected. People with this temperament are respectful of the decisions of authority figures and like to work in environments having clearly established policies and procedures.
These people like to make decisions, direct, control and plan the activities of others and tend to be independent and self-directing in work. They like to play a part in shaping the environment, preferring competition and seeking to obtain responsibility for activities which require planning, decision making and directing others. They have a temperament to take charge, give instructions, orders and commands, and seek out situations which require self-confidence, assertiveness, adventurousness, independence, resourcefulness, authoritativeness and decisiveness.
Gregarious people like to be in the company of others and cooperating with them. They have the temperament to work with others in a successful manner, achieve positive acceptance in a group, be responsive to others, be sociable and prize agreeable working relationships. They like to listen to people talk about themselves and help people who have come for advice and counsel, enjoy studying the motives of people and being seen on the job as friendly, companionable, warm, approachable and a good team player.
These people are amenable to performing an activity with no one else around, working alone and apart from other people. They do not like unplanned interruptions by others while they are working. They seek out activities which can be carried out independently of other people, sometimes liking to be around people, but working independently on a project or task. They often seek job satisfaction by working outside a city and living or traveling alone and keeping mentally occupied with their own thoughts and observations.
The characteristics of these people tend toward persuasive behavior in face-to-face or direct communication situations. They may be thought of as having a capacity to influence people in their opinions, attitudes or judgments about ideas or things and to seek out people directly or indirectly for the purpose of persuading them in some way. These people develop an astuteness in evaluating other people’s reactions and tend to structure reality through appropriate emphasis or underplay so that the facts presented support a point of view. People showing evidence of this trait seem to find satisfaction and compatibility in job situations involving influencing others toward their own opinions, attitudes and judgments about ideas and things.
People with a positive score on this JSI like to maintain self-control under conditions of emergency or provocation, seem to be able to regulate excitement and keep nervousness under control. They like to maintain equanimity in the face of an affront, indifference or resistance, giving the appearance of being free from oscillating emotional moods while exhibiting calmness and presence of mind in hazardous or critical situations. Persons liking this JSI are compatible with job situations involving performing under stress, can give constant attention to an activity regardless of distractions like working against deadlines, meeting quotas, or making split-second decisions relating to others and perform in a manner which allays fear or misgiving in others.
Valuative people like to act upon the basis of personal knowledge, direct experience or other forms of qualitative information. They are comfortable thinking in a free-ranging informal manner, acting on hunches and dealing with information which cannot be proved. Often they arrive at conclusions which are felt to be right, tend to think of events as unique occurrences and resist a higher degree of categorization or cataloging. They also believe that for some things there is no single answer, or perhaps no answer at all. Adaptability to working with qualitative information in situations where there are different conclusions on the basis of the same evidence is another part of the job that these people find satisfying.
These people think problem-solving should be approached rationally and that conclusions should be grounded in concrete evidence with which different observers can agree. Objective people want to regulate risk of failure by subjecting data and evidence to a system that provides for measurement and verification.
Job satisfaction for these people would demand that conclusions be reached on the basis of close reasoning and reproducible data and that the methodology involve standardized observing processes. They like to make decisions in line with prevailing rules and regulations and desire the opportunity to be systematic, to test, to measure and to plan things in detail before doing them. Breaking down problems into steps so they can be systematically analyzed or using computers as a basis for making decisions would also provide satisfaction in the job situation for high scorers.
Subjective people like to be creative, artistic and self-expressive on the job. They value individuality above conformity to prevailing fashion or mode. Activities in the job situation are sought out which involve interpretation of feelings, ideas and facts in terms of personal viewpoint. These people do not mind being different and prefer not to imitate, are very much aware of, and confident in, their own tastes and viewpoints and like viewing the environment in terms of personal feelings.
People who are rigorous like to use extreme care, great effort and constant attention to see that a task is well done and may be thought of as being able to adhere to strict rules, procedures or other norms in order to achieve exact conformity to specifications, principles or other standards. They highly regard integrity of workmanship, are willing to check and double-check their work to achieve accuracy and strive for perfection, liking to keep things orderly and systematic. They appreciate the necessity of following specifications and formulas exactly when precise results are required. They also like to be painstaking and meticulous in dealing with details.