Confucius says, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Our own employee engagement research and that of other organisations, like the CIPD, shows that many employees are far from this happy state. Why? Many don’t feel their skills are fully utilised, don’t feel challenged and stimulated, don’t believe that they have flexibility or autonomy or don’t feel they can cope with their workloads.
However, this doesn’t mean they sit back and accept their dissatisfaction. Instead, many break the proverbial chains of their job descriptions and make changes to the tasks they complete, the relationships they engage in and the meaning they take from their roles. In turn they make their jobs a better match for their skills, values, and passions. These employees are turning the jobs they have into the jobs they want!
This is job crafting – a self-initiated, proactive, often unsupervised, modern approach to job re-design. Job Crafting creates positive outcomes, not just for the employees who do it, but also for their organisations, colleagues and customers alike.