You used to be happy with your job, but at some point, you became bored with it. The work is the same day in and day out, you don't feel challenged, and you're just going through the motions.
Most people feel bored at work at some point. It's natural to feel this way when you're stuck in a job that doesn't interest you or when you're doing the same thing day in and day out. But if you let boredom take over, it can lead to negative consequences like decreased productivity, poor work performance, and even depression.
What can you do to make your work life more interesting? In this blog post, we will discuss things that you can do if you continuously experience boredom at work.
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Understanding Boredom At Work
Knowing and understanding what boreout is, and being able to identify it in ourselves, is critical for tackling it. According to the BBC being chronically bored at work can have damaging consequences and is commonly referred to as 'boreout'. "Boreout happens when we are bored by our work to the point that we feel it is totally meaningless. Our job seems pointless, our tasks devoid of value."
Boreout can happen to anyone regardless of their profession or industry. Boreout can result in negative impacts on employees. It can lead to decreased productivity, motivation and even depression. When you're not interested in your work, it's difficult to focus and be productive. It’s also bad for companies because a workforce with boreout can lead to high staff turnover.
What's more, what commonly happens is that employees will just show up at their desks and spend time shopping online, cyberloafing, chatting with colleagues or planning their next vacation or other activities. These people aren’t lazy, but are using these behaviours as “coping mechanisms”.
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Reasons Why People Feel Bored At Work
There are a number of factors that can cause chronic boredom at work. Some people may feel like they've hit a ceiling in their career and aren't able to progress any further. Others may not enjoy the work that they're doing and feel unchallenged for a prolonged period of time. And for some, the work may just be monotonous and dull.
According to BBC this may include "working in a demoralising physical environment like a cubicle farm, or feeling under-challenged over a prolonged period." Another reason is related to feeling meaninglessness – “the experience that the work doesn’t really have any purpose, that there’s no point”.
No matter the reason, it's important to find ways to address your boredom so that it doesn't lead to negative consequences on your well-being, health and career. Also, when you're not engaged in your work, it can be difficult to stay focused and motivated. This can lead to decreased output and fewer completed tasks.
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How To Deal With Boredom At Work
If you're bored at work, it's important to find ways to address the issue so that it doesn't lead to any further negative consequences. If you're experiencing boreout, here are some simple things you can do to make the day go by a little faster:
• Take a break every hour to move your body and get some fresh air
• Learn something new that can help you in your job
• Talk to your co-workers and get to know them better
• Help out with a project that you're passionate about
• Volunteer to work on a special project
• Ask to take on more responsibilities or to change to a new different department or team
• Look for a problem that you can solve
• Make a list of goals for the day and try to accomplish as many as possible
• At the end of the day, reflect on what you accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back!
• Talk to your boss about your concerns
• Seek variety in your life
No matter the reason for your boreout, it's important to find ways to address your boredom so that it doesn't lead to negative consequences. Having a broad range of interests and skills make you a more interesting person, and increases your creativity as well. Your brain needs variety to stay sharp, so try to find ways to mix things up in your life. Try taking on a special interest course and develop hobbies that have nothing to do with your profession. Do not simply go deeper into your own speciality, whether that is accounting, technology, or whatever.
Lastly know when it's time to find another job that is a better match for your skills and interests. Don't stay in a job where you feel underutilised, uninspired and bored. Instead, use your boredom as a sign that it's time to seek out a new challenge.
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Boredom at work is a real issue that can lead to negative consequences if left unaddressed. It's important to find ways to address your boredom so that it doesn't have a negative impact on your well-being, health and career. In this blog, we suggest a number of different things you can try in order to improve your situation. Don't let boredom take over!
Do you experience boreout? What do you do to tackle boredom at work? Share in the comments below.