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Job crafting

[Chorus]
Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living
Barely gettin' by, it's all taking and no giving
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead but the boss won't seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me Mmmmm...
[Verse 2]
They let you dream just to watch them shatter
You're just a step on the boss man's ladder
But you got dreams he'll never take away
In the same boat with a lot of your friends
Waiting for the day your ship will come in
And the tide's gonna turn an' it's all gonna roll you away
Lyrics: Dolly Parton 

Job crafting involves restyling your job to make it match your skills, requirements and incentives. Finding a job that suits your interests 100% is hard to find. There's always something not to like about your job. Do you agree? Then maybe job crafting is the way to go. 

Job crafting is about taking proactive steps and actions to change tasks, relationships and perceptions and redesign what you do at work to 'craft' a job that you love. A satisfying job increases your energy levels, improves your performance and boosts your effectivity. They don't have to be major changes. Small alterations contribute as well. You could alter who you interact with in your work; you could volunteer to do a project, or decide to work at a different location. These are all examples of job crafting. 

Shape your own work environment

A job consists of different stepping stones that allow you to change things around. You could make changes in:

  • Your tasks
    What you have to do and how many times you do it.
  • Your thoughts
    How you view your work.
  • Your interactions and relationships with others
    The quality, and the amount, of interactions you have with other people.

With job crafting you use these stepping stones to change your job. Compare this to your home: you can build an extension to your house or break through a wall. In your job you can enhance your workload for certain things (by taking on more responsibilities) or decrease it (by declining a project).

Let's have a look at each step.

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