Wetenschappelijke onderbouw van de NWS test

"A unique test to discover your professional drives
and compare them with others."


The Natural Working Style (NWS) test is inspired by the ‘needs theory’ developed by Henry A. Murray, William Mc Dougall, William James and other leading scientists. Based on further research into professionals' specific needs, the NWS-test became a unique and handy tool to gain an insight into your Natural Working Style.

In 2011 the Pontis Management School (www.pontis.beconducted a large-scale survey among professionals in the profit- and non-profit industries, to determine which needs influence their working style the most. This resulted in the following top 10 needs:

  1. Attention: the desire to be the focal point of attention, to be noticed.
  2. Autonomy: the desire to be independent from others.
  3. Understanding: the desire to discover new things/ideas.
  4. Dominance: the desire to control others and situations.
  5. Approval: the desire to be accepted.
  6. Avoiding bad experiences: the desire to avoid having any fear.
  7. Sense of duty: the desire to fulfil one’s ‘duty’ and ‘do the right thing’.
  8. Performance: the desire to get results.
  9. Fight: the desire to hold one’s own with others.
  10. Care: the desire to take care of others.

The Pontis Management School has developed a test, allowing an accurate determination of the strength of your professional needs, compared to other professionals. If you take the test as an individual, you can compare yourself with all the professionals in the database or with a specific selection (based on sector, age, ...) as a reference group. You can also take the test as a team. Each team member can then compare his/her results with the anonymous results of the other team members, all in one handy graph. The calculation of the test results and determination of your position were developed in co-operation with the University of Antwerp. 

How accurate is the test?
The test is "accurate by design". The test makes a relative , not an absolute, measurement of the strength of your professional drives. You can compare it with shooting with a gun at a target. We do not measure the distance between your hit and the target (absolute measurement), but we measure the position of your hit compared to the hits of the other shooters (relative measurement). If there would be a deviation on the gun, it will have no impact at all on the relative position of your hit, because all shooters use the same gun.

All  translations of the test questions are done under our control and double checked on quality to prevent a deterioration of the quality of our database by misinterpretation of the questions in other languages.

We have a build-in correlation test to detect results of people that filled out the questionnaire in a "random" way. These results are omitted when calculating your scores.