Bored In The Office: Is It The New Productivity Killer?
Workplace boredom can strike anyone from low-level service workers to well-paid corporate executives. Most often it stems from the inability to find meaning in their jobs and too little variety in their daily tasks. Repetitiveness is one of the major culprit, as some corporate systems can routinize every task and interaction to the point of utter tedium.
Employees also become demotivated and uninspired when they don’t have much control over their jobs or input on important decisions, are not getting enough feedback or positive recognition to feel competent in their work, and don’t feel like they are developing or making progress towards something that’s important.
From the worker perspective, the best solution for combating boredom is to speak up. An employee may ask to be challenged more, offer to take over projects, discuss advancement paths with his/her manager, or look for a new work environment that values employee development and career satisfaction.