Self-management skills

Definition

Compound indicator on self-reported skills in:

  • Planning activities;
  • Organising one’s own time;
  • Thinking ahead;
  • Detecting, diagnosing, analysing and resolving problems;
  • Noticing and checking for errors.

Unit of observation

Total population in paid work.

Reporting unit

Total population in paid work.

Operationalisation

Survey uestion from UK Skills Survey: “You will be asked about different activities which may or may not be part of your job. We are interested in finding out what activities your job involves and how important these are. [...]

  • Planning activities;
  • Organising one’s own time;
  • Thinking ahead;
  • Detecting, diagnosing, analysing and resolving problems;
  • Noticing and checking for errors.

[For each of these skills] Would it make a significant difference to your job performance if you possessed additional problem-solving skills? If so, how much?”
Compound indicator to be calculated as arithmetic mean across all items.

Complementary indicators

n.a.

Relation to existing indicators

This indicator was used in the 2001 Skills Survey of the Employed British Workforce. A revised version was included in the 2006 version of the same survey.

Methodological issues concerning application of the indicator

A cross-country skills survey has not yet been attempted. Exploratory research will be necessary in order to avoid that cultural issues (see Harkness et al. 2003) distort the findings from a benchmarking exercise.

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