An abstract from a study of Profiles Asia Pacific’s (PAP) Research and Development (RnD) Director Mariel Kristine Rubia has been selected for the 32nd International Congress of Psychology (ICP).

Rubia, who is also a registered psychologist, said she was chosen to do a poster presentation of her study on a scale that is designed to identify the intensity of motivation that a person has in his or her workplace.

The scale is called the Work Motivation Intensity Scale (WMIS), which is one of the products that People Dynamics Inc., an affiliated company of PAP, currently sells to the market.

According to Rubia, what makes the WMIS different from any other usual scale that measures motivation is that it is a test that will assess an individual’s level of motivation based on a continuum similar to the self-determination theory, such that it represents the degree to which the goals have been internalized.

“The objective of the study is to describe the current research done on work motivation in the Philippine context to enrich the global discussion on work motivation theories and to describe the development and validation of a scale to measure the work motivation intensity of Filipino workers in order to assist managers in building and sustaining an engaged workforce,” the abstract of the study reads.

In an international study on the state of the global workforce, Gallup, an American analytics and advisory company based in Washington, D.C., found that the Philippines has the most engaged workforce in Southeast Asia.

Rubia, in an online interview, said that having been accepted to present at one of the most prestigious psychology congresses in the world is not just her success but the success of her RnD team and PAP.

“The direction of the RnD department is not only to develop standardized assessments but to be able to translate these assessments into a research paper that is informative and valuable for workers and organizations by way of presenting and publishing papers internationally and locally,” Rubia told the PAP–Visayas and Mindanao team Saturday.

The 32nd ICP—which will be held from July 19 to 24, 2020, at the Prague Congress Centre in Prague, Czech Republic—is organized once in every four years.

The first ICP was held in Paris in 1889. Since then, it has become one of the largest international psychological events.