Crafting life for health and wellbeing
Understanding different types of crafting in everyday life and in challenging times (Craft4Health)
In the new flexible and digitalized working life, life domains increasingly overlap, and a holistic perspective on life, including both work and leisure, is urgently needed. Crafting is a proactive behaviour that is oriented towards a unique person-environment fit. Through such crafting, employees can individually align their work (and nonwork) experience according to their values and needs.
Job Crafting is a well-established strategy to lower work demands, increase resources, achieve better person-job fit and meaningful work. In this project, we extend this strategy of proactively shaping one’s work-life by including crafting the boundaries between life domains and employees off-job time.
Our project aims to pave the way for creating a more meaningful and sustainable (working) life where employees have the agency to align their environment with individual needs and values. As a primary consequence of this project, we will identify relevant predictors and outcomes of crafting and patterns of combined crafting strategies. This project directly informs the simultaneous development of hybrid crafting interventions combining in-company training and digital tools.