Have you ever wanted to quit your job but still liked where you worked? Many people struggle at their company or organization but not because they hate the values or business practices. The tension is caused by the job responsibilities not meeting the desires. You may feel stagnant or trapped and can see other ways in which you can serve, but thinking about job hunting is even worse. You don’t want leave but staying feels like a slow death. What are the options then?
Job crafting is when employees seize opportunities to customize their jobs by actively changing their tasks, interactions with others at work, and how they perceive their responsibilities. This exercise prompts you to visualize your job, map out all the different components, and then reorganize them to better suit you. Researches have shown that by practicing this, employees are more committed to their work as well as more confident in the autonomy that it provides. Here is how to approach job crafting by the three aforementioned approaches.
Changing what tasks you do at work can be as simple and direct as meeting with your boss. Let’s say you are in charge of finance but would like to be more involved with employee training. You will not be able to start a new role if your manager does not know about it. A good exercise to do is to write out your ideal job description. You could even bring it to your meeting. Be sure to understand your company’s goals. You want to make sure your boss understands that there is something in it for them. Highlight how your goals and dreams overlap with what the company is trying to accomplish.
Another way to job craft is to alter how you interact with others at work. This can include building on meaningful relationships you already have or dismissing others that are tearing you down. You might also see if there are relationships that you are missing out on. Practice a moment of self-reflection. Are you closed off at work? Do you share too much? Are there some relationships that you are missing out on that may benefit your career, like a mentor?
You may not have to take the direct approach when practicing job crafting. You could simply try to change how you think about your role. This could include how you think about the purpose of certain parts of your job or what you do as a whole. This can help to reshape how you think about your role and help you achieve higher levels of performance.
There is a difference between crafting a job and staying miserable and forcing yourself to like it. It is important to know what you are excited about and what kind of work you prefer doing. This will help clear the fog.