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Job sculpting is a procedure where the job profile is designed in accordance with the employee’s interests rather than expecting the employee to fit into the job as in the traditional system.

Retaining top talent is always been a priority for companies. However, this priority has not always been easy. Companies are sometimes surprised that experienced personnel who are paid handsome salaries, attractive perks and promotions choose to leave the company. The reasons they cite are monotony and a sense of stagnation.

Based on research spanning over the past 12 years, career experts Timothy Butler and James Waldroop say that the real sources of job satisfaction are not money and perks but what they call “deeply embedded life interests”. On the basis of their study, they had isolated 8 life interests and proposed an employer who can cater to three of the eight life interests can create an interesting and satisfying job for the employee. These traits are believed to originate in childhood and are linked emotionally with the person’s psyche.

1. Application of Technology
People who are interested in the application of technology are fascinated by internal mechanisms of things such as watches, engines, etc. These people derive great pleasure in designing new systems and devising new processes. A job that involves analysis and planning will be enjoyable.

2. Quantitative Analysis
This categorizes people who like numbers and numerical analysis. These people may be good at accounting exercises such as a cash-flow analysis and income tax calculation. Identifying patterns in data is also their forte.

3. Theory Development and Conceptual Thinking
Highly academic; the people of this category like to analyse theory in the fields of management, politics etc and propose their own. They seek to find the reason behind each supposition and hypothesis.

4. Creative Production
Innovators and other creative people possess this trait. People of this trait are bored by the mundane and the ordinary. These people come up with new and sometimes strange ideas towards launching a new product or business venture.

5. Counselling and Mentoring
These people like to play the role of a coach or mentor. They gain satisfaction in guiding people and assisting them to realize their true potential. These people make good teachers and instructors and love sharing knowledge with others.

6. Managing People and Relationships
People with this attribute like to achieve goals and accomplishments. They like to guide the effort of a team towards a specific objective. People with this characteristic are good at establishing interpersonal relationships at the workplace.

7. Enterprise Control
People of this trait enjoy being in positions of control where they are able to guide a team or a department and decide the rules. They like to be in charge and like to see the team or department following the rules and standards they have determined.

8. Influence Through Language and Ideas
People with this trait are good in language skills and are happy in drafting articles and being involved in activities pertaining to language. Design and editing your company’s newsletter brings satisfaction and pride. These people are good at giving presentations and usually possess excellent oratorical skills.

Job sculpting involves creativity and great analytical ability on the part of the manager. The manager has to play the role of a psychologist to first understand the employee and what would interest him. Though, difficult it is an extremely useful exercise that helps organizations retain talent.


 
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