How do you set up your work and how do you make it what you want it to be? Well, this week Katie and I are talking all about it. What we are going to be talking about is based on the work of Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski at the Yale School of Management and Dr. Jane Dutton at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. The big idea here is that we can, and often do, craft our roles to become more of what they want them to become to make them more meaningful. What is really exceptional about this work and research is that this puts the changing of the job in the employees’ hands within several key domains. Since we’ve talked about living in our genius and using our strengths at work and beyond, we felt this topic really fit in very well. The other big idea is that when we craft our work to fit us, we get a lot more done and are a lot more engaged with our work. This benefits everyone. The basic domains in which people craft their work is in the domains of tasks, relationships, and perceptions. We explore all three this week and you might be wondering how you can craft your job in these domains too.
When we look at job crafting and the three domains of tasks, relationships and perceptions, we can find ways to change different parts of them. We can choose to do task differently or dump them. We can choose to create different ways to spend more time with the people that we really enjoy and we can even change our perceptions about the work that we are doing and find more meaning in our work. If you want to know more about how to craft your own job, you can go right here to find the Job Crafting Workbook. Oh, and this isn’t about changing every single part of your job but even changing one thing can be all that it takes. What do you think about crafting your job? Let us know in the comments below.