Self-rated work attitudes of employees (N=492) from six randomly selected manufacturing companies were obtained using the Occupational Work Ethic Inventory (OWEI) (Petty, 1995b). Many respondents failed to answer the item with the descriptor apathetic or marked the highest level of response on a 1-7 Likert-type scale. The suitability of this item was investigated using a comparison of average inter-item correlations, comparison of item-scale correlations, and an internal consistency analysis. The item with the descriptor apathetic failed to demonstrate evidence to support its inclusion in the instrument. It was concluded that this item should be dropped from the scale and replaced by another item that is more readily understood by workers.