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Job Crafting as an End to the Endless Work-from-Home Debate

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A2 Tech Talk, SPARK's A2 Tech 360
October 1, 2021
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A2 Tech Talk, SPARK's A2 Tech 360
October 2021

To work from home or to work from the office? This conversation is a distraction. We’re squabbling about something that doesn’t apply to all of us and can’t be settled in any satisfying way.

When the organizers of Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech 360 invited me to speak on a topic relevant to the future of tech work, I wanted to talk about an idea I see as making a bigger impact on our work lives than the location of our work.

In the video below, I explore the profound tool of Job Crafting. Created by University of Michigan researchers, Job Crafting can help workers piece back together jobs that work for them after our professional lives were shaken and disordered since March 2020.

Job Crafting is a process that helps you consider your unique qualities and build a career that brings you closer to yourself—instead of further into professional alienation.

Savvy managers can also use Job Crafting to invite their reports into the design of their jobs for better results and retention in a competitive talent environment. In this video, I walk the audience through an example process of the Job Crafting activity and explain how it helps craft a role around the worker.