Job crafting in schools for special education: A qualitative analysis

Jessica van Wingerden, Daantje Derks, Arnold B. Bakker, Luc Dorenbosch

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In this article we discuss the design and qualitative (process) evaluation of a job crafting intervention among employees at three Dutch schools for special education. In a period of 1.5 months, fifty employees participated in a group-based training intervention that addressed individual's job crafting activities aimed at improving individual's person-job fit by either lowering job demands or adding job resources and challenges. Through self-evaluations of the success of their job crafting actions and in-depth interviews, successful job crafters reported that they gained a better sense of control over their work and experienced reduced workload. Participants that were unsuccessful in crafting their job, emphasized the importance of the school's support to deal with the effects of unsuccessful job crafting actions. The article ends with a discussion and recommendations for future research on job crafting interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalGedrag en Organisatie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Job crafting
  • Job demands-resources model
  • Special education
  • Training intervention
  • Workload

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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