Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces
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Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Workplaces can often be sources of stress, interfering with both job satisfaction and performance. This book explores ways to combat the factors contributing to an unhealthy workplace by building on the advances in positive psychology and organizational scholarship over the last 15 years.
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Chapter 7: Job crafting: an individual strategy to develop oneself

Maria Tims and Caroline Knight

Abstract

This chapter provides an up-to-date review of the literature around how individuals can take responsibility for their own development, employability and job design through job crafting. The concepts of job design and job crafting are introduced and explained before reviewing the evidence for the impact of job crafting on individual development. Evidence from the increasing number of intervention studies forms a particular focus, with their theoretical superior ability to effect change and determine causality. Theoretical implications and directions for future research are highlighted, followed by practical recommendations which workers can use to develop themselves in the workplace, and which organizations can use to help support the development of their workers.

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