Finding work you love

Do you look forward to going to work?  Do you come home energised by what you’ve achieved during the day?

We’re concerned that many mums feel less than inspired by their job but stick with it because it fits in with what their family needs right now.  If you know what I’m talking about, you are probably being very true to your family related values (see our last blog) but may be missing out on the enthusiasm and energy that comes with finding your work highly meaningful and engaging.

Motivation and job satisfaction - mums

Good news! We’re not going to recommend you resign today - the solution we propose is known as “Job Crafting”.

What is this “job crafting”?

Job crafting is about bringing your identity more into your work, finding ways to influence aspects of the job to better satisfy your personal values and increase your ability to thrive.  For example, an admin assistant keen to have more people interaction in their role could offer to provide training to new staff.  Or, are there technology short-cuts that you could implement to give you extra time and increase flexibility.

You can also approach job crafting in a cognitive way – changing the way you think about the work you do and how you describe it.  As an accountant are you a rule-abiding number cruncher?  Or, are you actively helping people to understand their finances and make smart decisions for their families and their businesses?

Why would an organisation let me change my job around to suit me?

The truth is that there are really compelling reasons for your employer to listen to your ideas about making your work more meaningful.  It’s been shown that meaningful work influences work motivation, levels of absenteeism, work behaviour and individual performance.  For the organisation this translates to:

  • Higher levels of employee satisfaction and sense of empowerment
  • Greater commitment to the organisation and suitability for promotion
  • Increased performance

What if my job can’t be “crafted” right now?

Even if your work doesn’t offer much scope for change right now you can still find ways to increase your engagement and sense of satisfaction on a daily basis.  Rather than going with a “grin and bear it” strategy, think carefully about the tasks that you do find enjoyable and energising and look at rearranging your days to schedule these tasks at times when you need a burst of energy.

If you’d like to hear more about job crafting from one of the key researchers in this area, you might enjoy this clip:

Maybe you can give some thought to your current role over the Christmas break and make it a goal for 2016 to love the work you do. 

Best wishes from

Flourishing Mothers

Inspired and adapted from the work of Amy Wrzesniewski