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Work Personality Index® 2nd Edition (WPI)

Identifies personality traits that directly relates to work performance.

The  Work  Personality  Index(WPI) provides  a  clear  framework  for  understanding  the  impact  of personality on job performance. It helps you identify key motivators and behaviours –essential for hiring the right people, developing employees and supporting great leaders. Unlike other personality assessments,the WPI only  measures  personality  traits  that  are  directly  related  to  the  work environment and on-the-job behaviours.


The WPI helps  describe  an  individual’s  style  in  terms  of job-related   strengths   and weaknesses:

  • Energy  and  Drive: Energy,  Ambition,  Leadership,  Social  Confidence,  Persuasion,Initiative, Flexibility, Multi-tasking

  • Working with Others: Outgoing, Teamwork, Concern for Others, Democratic

  • Work Style: Dependability, Persistence, Rule-following, Attention to Detail, Planning

  • Problem Solving Style: Innovation, Analytical Thinking

  • Dealing with Pressure: Self-control, Stress Tolerance

  • Special  Scales: Managerial &  Leadership  Potential,  Sales  Potential  (only  available  in Select Report)



The WPI can be used for the following purposes:

  • Talent Management

  • Employee Selection

  • Coaching and Individual Development

  • Leadership Development

  • Team Building

  • Career Transition


The WPI has the following software reports available:

  • Select  Report: This  report  provides  you  with  a  comprehensive,  objective  assessment  of  work behaviour to  identify  the  best  talent. It describes a participant’s approach  to  tasks,  way  of interacting  with  people,  and  performance  at  work.  It  is  a  powerful  tool  to  compliment  ability testing and structured interviews.

  • Developmental  Report: This  report contains  interpretive  notes  that  are  useful  for professional growth  to increase success  at  work  and  in  life. It focuses  on  personal  characteristics  and behaviours  that  influence  how  individuals  perform  in  work  settings,  and contains  information about preferences, strengths, and techniques for increasing effectiveness.

  • Leadership  Report: This  report helps leaders understand  their  role  and  maximise  their  impact based  on  their pivotal  skills,  competencies  and  areas  of  difficulty, enabling  them to  focus development  plans  on  areas  that  will  lead  to  the  greatest  increase  in  leadership  performance. The  report also  contains exercises  that help leaders create  development  plans  that  leverage strengths and address pressing needs.

  • Career  Report: This report provides insight into an individual’s personality traits, the kinds of work they enjoy, and how they can manage career change, which can help them also chart their career paths. It also describes an individual’s work style, their approach to solving problems and dealing with stress. The report further provides exercises to help people understand their work strengths and develop a plan for changing careers.

  • Job Match Report: The Job Match system is a convenient and flexible system that allows for the matching of personality characteristics necessary for effective job performance, which can assist in making selection processes more efficient and effective. The Job Match Report describes the participant’s overall fit with the specific occupation.


South African research has been conducted using the WPIand South African norms are available. JvR Psychometrics  welcomes the  opportunity  to  partner  with  clients  in  conducting  research  studies using the WPI in their organisations.

Product Info



Age range

Individuals 18 years and older

Administration time

Not specified


SA Norms


English and French

Administration Platform

User Portal/JvR Online/Data-capturing by Client Services

Integrated reports



Donald Macnab and Shawn Bakker


Psychometrics Canada Ltd.

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