Test Construction Manual:
Fear of Missing Out in the Workplace
This test manual documents the detailed process of the creating and validating the Fear of Missing Out in the Workplace (FOMOW) scale. Fear of missing out (FOMO) can be defined as a social construct relating to the lack of accessibility to new information. Along with the help of four colleagues, we examined FOMO through an organizational lens, to define FOMOW and create a validated scale. The methodology is defined, and all analyses are presented.
This validation study was a refreshing challenge! Prior to this, I had limited experience using SPSS, but came out of it with the ability to comfortably use the program to conduct more advanced analyses. It is empowering to have the ability to identify a construct, and to possess the skills to validate it. The item writing portion of this project gave me a new appreciation for the impact of vocabulary. Being able to identify the nuances of using different verbiage is a skill that will be very useful in my future career. If given the opportunity to recreate this project, I would like to use a larger SME pool to increase initial feedback on the items we created.
This project required extensive amounts of data analysis. The SPSS software completes actions as commanded, but the ability to interpret the output is akin to learning a new language.This will be useful to me in my career because I will be able to easily learn and adapt to new Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) as they are introduced in my organization.
The SMEs that were used as resources to evaluate the items my team and I created are experts in several subfields of Psychology. I personally recruited three individuals, with who I exchanged various emails and phone calls with. After they rated our items, I emailed each of them thanking them for their contribution and asking them to save my contact information. Building professionals relationships will help me advance in my future career.
The initial phases of this project were completed as a group, up until the survey data was exported. From that point on, my colleagues and I completed the project separately. Completing the technical aspects of this validation study on my own strengthened my ability to successfully complete projects independently. Strengthening my ability to work autonomously will be helpful while I try to establish myself as an I/O professional.