Change your job with Job Crafting

Change your job with Job Crafting

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It might come as a surprise to learn that you can switch things up at work without leaving your current role or abandoning your accountabilities. By taking actions to change the way we complete tasks and interact with others in the workplace, we’re doing something called ‘job crafting’.

You might want to start job crafting if you’re feeling unsatisfied in your daily role at work, or if you don’t think you’re reaching your full potential. Even if you’re happy in your current position, simply being on the lookout for new opportunities within your role is a form of job crafting.

I’ve done a little job crafting of my own in the past, so I wanted to share my experience, as well as talk about the Positive Psychology research behind the concept.

The purpose of Job Crafting

When I first discovered job crafting, I was really excited at the potential to add more fulfilment to my daily role. I was able to do that by adding certain responsibilities that made my work feel more purposeful or dropping tasks that took up too much time and made me feel drab. After learning more about the job crafting concept, I figured that it was through working to my strengths and purpose in this way that I was able to enhance my performance and encourage others to do the same.

When we job craft, we’re empowered to take control of our role, utilising more resources and developing better relationships in order to help with our task crafting. Feeling this type of work autonomy can help increase engagement, helping us take on more responsibilities or offer more time to our peers. Of course, all of these benefits lead to an increase in overall wellbeing and happiness.

How you can apply the Job Crafting approach

Are you ready to try job crafting? Start by applying these simple changes.

Prioritise more of the things you like to do in your role.

When you’re scheduling your workday, try to bring forward the things that you actually like to do, and try to delegate what you don’t.

Assess how you can complete duties in a strengths-oriented way.

In the same way that we can prioritise what we like to do, we’re also able to change how we do the tasks that don’t exactly spark joy. Try assessing your strengths and seeing which of them can be incorporated into certain daily activities.

Begin with your why and be conscious of how your daily to-dos contribute to the bigger picture.

Some things are just a part of our job, and there’s not a lot we can do to change that. Take a moment before beginning a task to assess the impact it has on your overall role. This can help motivate us and realign with our purpose before we lose sight of the day on a boring task.

Have a discussion with your line manager to ask how you can job craft your role together.

Finding out which of your accountabilities can be changed around, how much delegation power you have, and what your line manager needs the most while still aligning with organisational goals is a great start to job crafting. Find out which of your attributes shine from the eyes of your line manager, and work together to incorporate more of those into your role.

Feeling excited? Why not hit the ground running with this incredible Job Crafting Exercise from Berg, Dutton, and Wrzesniewski. Or reach out to me to discuss on a complimentary discovery call. Book here 

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