The instrument Assessment of Work Characteristics (AWC), version 1.1. This version replaces AWC version 1.
The purpose of AWC is to describe the characteristics of a work task on the basis of the extent to which it requires the individual to use different skills in order for the task to be performed appropriately and efficiently.
An assessment using AWC gives an idea of how the assessor perceives the extent to which demands are made in terms of an individual’s skills, but the instrument does not provide any answers as to how the individual perceives the demands of the work situation. It is therefore appropriate to complement AWC with assessments made using other work demands analyses, that highlight other factors or demands.
AWC is a work demands analysis based on the theoretical Model of Human Occupation (MOHO), and was developed from the Assessment of Work Performance (AWP) instrument. It is therefore an advantage if the assessor is familiar with MOHO and, in particular, with the AWP assessment instrument. The skills concepts are identical in AWP and AWC, and the instruments are intended to complement each other. The assessment procedure in AWC is intentionally similar to that used in AWP, facilitating the assessor’s use of the two instruments.
Assessments using AWC can appropriately be combined with other assessments such as AWP, WEIS and WRI.

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