Jobs are typically designed by managers for employees. The concept of “job crafting” captures the ways in which employees change these job designs to align with their motives, strengths, and passions. Many employees leave their passions at home. This case describes how four teachers, who all have a passion for an occupation besides teaching, crafted their jobs to incorporate their passions into their lives at work. This case is designed to shed light on how and why job crafting can benefit individuals and organizations. Specifically, this case address the following: 1) How, why, and when passion can be a valuable motivator and guide for engaging in job crafting. 2) Some of the ways in which employees can craft their jobs to create opportunities for fulfilling their passions.
Crafting a Fulfilling Job: Bringing Passion Into Work
by: Jane Dutton
Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior
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After reading and discussing the material, students should:
- How, why, and when passion can be a valuable motivator and guide for engaging in job crafting.
- Some of the ways in which employees can craft their jobs to create opportunities for fulfilling their passions.