The Intertwined Relationship Between Job Crafting, Work-Related Positive Emotions, and Work Engagement. Evidence from a Positive Psychology Intervention Study

Arianna Costantini*, Riccardo Sartori
Department of Human Sciences, Verona University, Lungadige Porta Vittoria 17, Verona, Italy

© 2018 Costantini and Sartori.

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The present study examines the impact of a positive psychology intervention on job crafting, positive emotions and work engagement.


A sample of 43 employees working in a public organisation received a three day-long resource-based intervention grounded on meaningfulness and practical exercises.


Results showed that the intervention had a positive effect on job crafting, positive job-related affective well-being and work engagement. Moreover, findings from a mediation model show that the intervention was effective in sustaining work engagement resulting from experienced positive emotions, which in turn resulted from job crafting behaviours.


To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate the intertwined relationships between job crafting behaviours, positive emotions in the workplace, and work engagement. Moreover, our findings provide evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed positive psychology intervention to support work engagement resulting from proactive adjustment to the work environment and the positive emotions deriving from it.

Keywords: Job crafting, Job-related affective well-being, Work engagement, Positive psychology intervention, Positive emotions.