Are you one of the thousands of disengaged employees wishing for a better job but can’t seem to find it? Have you heard of Job Crafting? Listen up, it could change your life…
In a Mercer study of 30,000 employees worldwide, 28% to 56% wanted to leave their jobs.
In the US, alarmingly, 80% of workers feel stressed at work and only 30% feel engaged and inspired by their work.
Especially troubling for leaders and business owners, 18% are actively disengaged – that is, present at work but hating every minute of it.
There are a number of contributing factors to this state of affairs: lack of job security; no/limited career pathways; poor managers; micro managing cultures; mistrust of co-workers; no consequences for poor performers; boredom; the list goes on and I’m sure you can add more!
So what do you do in a location where the economy is contracting, or transforming, and future opportunities to find a new great job/career are ambiguous? Do you stick it out or take your chances and jump ship for sanity’s sake!
As an OD expert, much of my work is with teams comprising disengaged members.
As a transition coach, I see many people who have decided to stick it out only to be on the next redundancy list. Attitudes among those losing their jobs vary from being very bitter or, paradoxically, relieved that they’re finally out of an unpleasant situation.
But what if there was a third option? What if you could stay in the job because the circumstances surrounding the job improved? What if you had the power to craft (or recraft) your current job so that it met your expectations?
A 2010 Harvard Business Review publication: Managing Yourself: Turn the Job you Have into the Job you Want, is still doing the social media rounds because of its ongoing relevance.
“Job crafting is a simple visual framework that can help you make meaningful and lasting changes in your job—in good economies and bad. But it all has to start with taking a step back from the daily grind and realizing that you actually have the ability to reconfigure the elements of your work.
The bottom line? Make sure that you are shaping your job, not letting your job shape you.”
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