Fostering employee well-being via a job crafting intervention

Jessica van Wingerden, Arnold B. Bakker, Daantje Derks

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This study examined the impact of an intervention based on Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) theory. We hypothesized that the intervention would influence participants' job crafting behaviors, as well as their basic need satisfaction. Further, we hypothesized a positive impact on participants work engagement. In addition to the proposed intervention effects, we expected that job crafting would have a positive relationship with work engagement, through basic need satisfaction. The study used a quasi-experimental design with an experimental group and a control group. Teachers completed measures pre- and post-intervention. Results of analyses of variance were largely in line with our predictions. In the intervention group, job crafting, basic need satisfaction, and work engagement increased over time. In the control group, no significant changes were found on all variables. In addition, the results of the analysis confirmed the hypothesized mediation. We discuss the implications of these findings for both JD-R theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-174
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Basic need satisfaction
  • Interventions
  • JD-R theory
  • Job crafting
  • Work engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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