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Traditionally, if you were bored with or hated your job, you could either quit or eventually just burn-out. These days a third option is recognised as having great potential: shape your job so it’s more fruitful than futile. Amy Wrzesniewski, an associate professor at the Yale School of Management, says “We often get trapped into thinking about our job as a list of things to do and a list of responsibilities, but what if you set aside that mind-set?” If you could adjust what you do, she says, “who would you start talking to, what other tasks would you take on, and who would you work with?” To make livelihoods more lively, Wrzesniewski and her colleagues Jane Dutton and Justin Berg have developed a methodology they call job-crafting. They’re working with Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms and business schools to change the way we think about work. The idea is to make all jobs — even mundane ones — more meaningful by empowering employees to brainstorm and implement subtle but significant workplace adjustments.

job craftingSimply put, a job is a collection of tasks and the relationships that come with doing those tasks in an organization. Although jobs are typically designed for employees by managers, employees are often able to redesign their own jobs so that they are better aligned with their motives, strengths, and passions. This concept is known as “job crafting,” and people who engage in this kind of behavior are called “job crafters.” Job crafters can carry out at least three different forms of job crafting:

• Task Crafting: Job crafters can change the boundaries of their jobs by taking on more or fewer tasks, expanding or diminishing the scope of tasks, or altering the way they perform tasks.
Examples: An accountant creating a new method of filing taxes to make her job less repetitive. Or an artistic machine operator volunteering to design a new logo for his company.

• Relational Crafting: Job crafters can change their relationships at work by altering the extent or nature of their interactions with other people.
Examples: A computer technician offering help to co-workers as a way to have more social connections. Or a bus driver making an effort to converse with passengers.

• Cognitive Crafting: Job crafters can change the way they think about their jobs by altering how they perceive tasks or viewing the tasks involved in their job as a collective whole as opposed to a set of separate tasks.
Examples: A hospital cleaner seeing his work as a means to help ill people rather than cleaning space. Or an insurance agent viewing her job as “working to get people back on track after a car accident” rather than “processing car insurance claims.”

Examining each of these different areas encourages you to look at your job in a new way and consider ways to make your job more interesting and satisfying.

Reference: Harvard Business Review


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The Passion Myth

dont_follow_your_passion_sign_jpeg1 The Passion Myth: ‘Find your passion and follow it’ The Career Truth:Career direction must satisfy many factors not just one Has anyone ever told you that you should simply pursue a career that you are passionate about. Chances are that you have, but you have perhaps wondered how practical this advice is really? The ‘Passion […] Continue reading →

The value of knowing your key Values

WordleValues Related news article quoting Dr Moy in the New Zealand Herald What are “values” Personal values are the sense of worth that we place on things in our world; they are the convictions we hold about what we believe is important to have and uphold in life; and so, they are what we give priority […] Continue reading →

LinkedIn to optimise your career opportunities

Linked-in Have you opened a LinkedIn account? Having a presence on social media is a must in today’s world and LinkedIn is one of the most useful websites for career purposes. Completing your profile, adding connections and displaying your areas of expertise can all increase your chances of landing your next job or being sought out […] Continue reading →

The dinosaur question

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Meaning in Life and its relation to career

Meaning-of-life-300x260 • Intuitively we know, and now recent psychological studies confirm, that people who work in a job that matches their meaning in life tend to flourish and have greater well-being in their overall life. • Meaning in Life is a broad concept that orientates our needs. It is the unconscious or conscious reason for wanting […] Continue reading →

Top 5 myths about careers

 There are many myths about careers that float around. Anyone you talk to will have some piece of career advice that they heard from somewhere or have read about in popular press. Unfortunately, career advice has different amounts of relevance to different people – what maybe useful advice to one person maybe the completely wrong […] Continue reading →

Developing resilience

2667076672_337eb613cf_o-300x300 There is a growing amount of research and publicity about the power of personal resilience when managing pressure and avoiding stress. Despite this, many organisations still want to focus on stress management or wellbeing programmes. Although these are better than nothing maybe they, and their personnel, would benefit more from putting the attention onto developing […] Continue reading →

4 Resume Tips From Career Pros

 Job seekers find creating your resume the most challenging task of the job searching process. Here, we have talked to numerous career experts and hiring professionals to find out four tips that will help you write a better resume and get hired. 1. Research about the company and tailor your resume accordingly: In today’s job […] Continue reading →

Returning to work after children

 Parents, and in particular mothers, returning to work undergo a difficult transition. Having just adjusted (or in the process of still adjusting) to having an addition to the family, social and personal influences often generate pressure for parents to return to work quickly. This may include financial need, anxiety about faltering in one’s career ‘ladder’, […] Continue reading →

Finding your way through career change

 Do you want to be more excited about your work? Instead, are you dissatisfied with your job and feel stuck and/or frustrated? Often, people are unable to move forward because they don’t know what they want to change. That’s where the ADESA model comes in. The ADESA Model can help you build skills and experiences […] Continue reading →

Career, do I even have one?

 Reading recently about definitions of ‘career’. Here is one I prefer: Career includes many dimensions including: direction – current/future occupation e.g. accounting, labouring, medicine, home-making variability – how often over time the person changes career direction e.g. low-variability careers may stay in the same occupation throughout their entire life focus – how intensely focused a […] Continue reading →

Free eBook – Career Optimisation Guide

 This careerology guide is a booklet of job search tips I use with some of my clients having difficulty finding a job. It is mainly for job searchers but may be helpful to career changers and people seeking direction as well. Sections: 1. What is a career? 2. Survival skills 3. Maintaining motivation 4. 10 […] Continue reading →

Career Change Takes Courage

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Gen Y in the workplace

 Flip Flops, Twitter, Instant messaging? Gen Y is here to stay folks and in fact, they currently account for approximately 20%-30% of the workforce. Seventy-four million strong (compared to the 78 million boomers), that percentage is growing and growing and certainly making waves in the workplace. Those in charge have voiced concern at the situations […] Continue reading →

Resilience is “stickability”

images763 “Resilience” in psychology is the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or using the experience of exposure to adversity to produce a “steeling effect” and function better than expected (much like an innoculation gives one […] Continue reading →

A 10-step guide to developing resilience

bunny The American Psychological Association has published a 10-point guide to developing individual resilience. A resilient person is not only able to handle such experiences in the moment, but also bounce back afterward: 1. Develop supportive and caring relationships at home, among friends and colleagues. Accept help and support, and help others when they need it. […] Continue reading →

Doctors changing careers – motivations – part 1 of 4

chen_480 This is the first article of a series directed at medical doctors considering a career change. Topics provide some insight into (i) factors that influence your career path (lifestyle, commitment, responsibilities, pride, finances, age), (ii) what keeps doctors from making career changes, (iii) attitudes of family, friends and the public to the career-changing doctor, and […] Continue reading →

How do I make my employees happier?

 A recent Australasian business survey found 16% of workers ‘hate’ their jobs and up to 62% are ambivalent and unhappy in their current job. How as employers and managers can we help to improve job satisfaction? A few quick tips from Positive Psychology research: 1. Losada Ratio – workplace performance improves significantly when positive interactions […] Continue reading →

What is a career coach?

 1. What is a Career coach? A Career coach is an expert in working with people who wish to improve their work satisfaction, change jobs, or make a career change. They are skilled in interviewing and counseling, and have specialist knowledge of the complex cognitive processes involved with making decisions about work choices and how […] Continue reading →

Left school don’t know what to do?

 Did you finish secondary school last year and are quite confused about what you are going to do for the rest of your working life? Many recent school-leavers answer “yes” to this question because they are indeed perplexed about their future. If you too have come to this situation, it means it is time to […] Continue reading →

Crafting your own career

 The boundaryless career is described as being “one of independence from, rather than dependence on, traditional organisational career arrangements involving opportunities that go beyond any single employer”. It highlights the modern concept of people drifting away from traditional roles and jobs to find satisfaction in such things as writing, crafts, arts even some types of […] Continue reading →