In an earlier post, we presented a number of strategies to help us feel more fulfilled at work. Below are some additional techniques that can deepen our sense of satisfaction from the work that we do each day.
Engage in job crafting
Just because you have a particular job title doesn’t mean that you have no control over how you perform your duties. Take initiative to alter your role by adding, emphasizing, revising, delegating or minimizing tasks and interactions in pursuit of greater meaning. For example, hospital cleaners who lack patient contact stepped up to provide emotional support to patients and their families, and technology associates began volunteering for mentoring, teaching and training roles.
When people craft their jobs, they become happier and more effective. In an experiment at Google, salespeople and administrators were invited to spend 90 minutes doing the Job Crafting Exercise. They mapped out ways to make their tasks and interactions more meaningful and contribute more to others. Six weeks later, their managers and co-workers rated them as happier and more effective. When they developed new skills to support more significant changes, the happiness and performance gains lasted for at least six months.
You may not have the authority to craft your jobs fully, but you can decide on which areas to spend more of your time and invest more of your energy.Read More