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  • 1.  Seeking Scale for Sense of Belonging Towards Work

    Posted 11-05-2021 21:48

    I am looking for a short scale to measure sense of belonging towards work for an online survey. The ones I found are mostly sense of belonging towards an educational institution such as the university. Or they are too long for our purposes, such as 20 items.

    If you have any scale ideas, that would be appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Ada Cenkci
    Organizational LEadership Program
    Northern Kentucky University

  • 2.  RE: Seeking Scale for Sense of Belonging Towards Work

    Posted 11-07-2021 20:58
    Hello Ada,

    Does it have to be a belongingness measure?

    Have you considered job embeddedness? This measure by Crossley, C.D., Bennett, R.J., Jex, S.M., & Burnfield, J.L. (2007) may be worth considering:
    1. I feel attached to this organization.
    2. It would be difficult for me to leave this organization.
    3. I'm too caught up in this organization to leave.
    4. I feel tied to this organization.
    5. I simply could not leave the organization that I work for.
    6. It would be easy for me to leave this organization. (reverse scored)
    7. I am tightly connected to this organization.

    Or perhaps a measure of identity or involvement would work? Alternatively, maybe an ostracism measure would work (e.g., Ferris et al., 2008)?

    If you do find a measure, please share with the group. 



  • 3.  RE: Seeking Scale for Sense of Belonging Towards Work

    Posted 11-08-2021 21:54
    Hello Jeremy,

    Thank you very much for the response and ideas.

    Yes, it needs to be a sense of belonging measure. Thank you all who also contacted me directly.

    I am looking for a short survey for belonging towards one's employment place. So far the following documents have been most useful to locate such a short scale.

    We will probably go with what LaGrant did in their dissertation(first link below), which is a modified version of the general belongingness scale (GBS). 


    Beyond Belonging: Identifying Critical And Conflicting Factors In Women Leader's Career Progressions

    A General Sense Of Belonging At Work As A Job Resource Relates To Workplace Safety: A Test And Extension Of The Job Demands-Resources Model Related To Workplace Safety

    (PDF) Conceptualizing and Validating Workplace Belongingness Scale (researchgate.net)

    Intrapersonal and interpersonal need fulfillment at work: Differential antecedents and incremental validity in explaining job
    satisfaction and citizenship behavior

    Thank you very much,

    Ada Cenkci
    Northern Kentucy University

    Ada Cenkci
    Assistant Professor
    Northern Kentucky Univeristy
    Dayton OH

  • 4.  RE: Seeking Scale for Sense of Belonging Towards Work

    Posted 11-08-2021 21:54
    The following article outlines the development of a work group inclusion measure that includes items for two dimensions: belongingness and uniqueness:
    Chung, B. G., Ehrhart, K. H., Shore, L. M., Randel, A. E., Dean, M. A., & Kedharnath, U. (2020). Work group inclusion: Test of a scale and model. Group & Organization Management, 45(1), 75-102.

    Mark Ehrhart
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando FL
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