Work-Based Construal Level Measure

Imagine yourself performing the following work activities, and indicate on the continuum (the verbal descriptions represent endpoints) the description that best describes each activity for you:

Preparing a report *

  • Compiling information
  • Showing Progress

Using a computer

  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Processing information

Filling out a business form *

  • Filling in blanks with information
  • Following work protocol

Obtaining information from someone

  • Asking relevant questions
  • Gaining knowledge

Making a presentation *

  • Presenting relevant material
  • Communicating knowledge

Assigning work to someone

  • Telling someone what to do
  • Getting things done

Communicating information to someone

  • Sending an email or talking to someone
  • Keeping someone informed

Analyzing a data set *

  • Comparing numbers
  • Identifying trends

Attending a meeting

  • Being present and paying attention
  • Staying up to date

Developing a procedure *

  • Writing down step-by-step instructions
  • Increasing work efficiency

Writing business correspondence *

  • Composing an email
  • Maintaining a good business relationship

Hiring someone

  • Interviewing candidates
  • Maintaining staff level

Developing a budget

  • Listing expenses and revenues
  • Managing funds

Proofreading a document *

  • Reading carefully for errors
  • Ensuring accuracy

Training someone *

  • Showing someone how to do things
  • Increasing someone’s productivity

Analyzing an operational report

  • Reviewing information
  • Ensuring smooth operation

Orienting a new worker *

  • Showing a new worker around
  • Acclimating a new worker

Evaluating someone’s performance

  • Reviewing quality of work
  • Providing feedback


  • High and low-level activity descriptions are opposite anchors of bipolar 6-point scales.
  • Items marked with a * are reverse-scored.
  • After reverse-scoring, ratings are averaged to obtain a WBCL score.

Reference Information

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Paper(s) Using Method

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Exploratory Learning, Mobile Technology, and Knowledge Workers’ Role Integration Behaviors

Research Paper by Jean-Nicolas Reyt and Batia Wiesenfeld.
Published in "Academy of Management Journal" in 2015.

APA-Format Citation

Reyt, J. N., & Wiesenfeld, B. M. (2015). Seeing the forest for the trees: Exploratory learning, mobile technology, and knowledge workers’ role integration behaviors. Academy of Management Journal, 58(3), 739-762.