Having a slow and boring work day is entirely normal and to be expected from time to time. But feeling chronically bored at work can be a problem for both your and your employer’s overall productivity and job satisfaction.
What can you do if you are constantly bored at work? Let’s find out.
A Case of “Boreout” in the Workplace
“Boreout” is similar to its more famous cousin “burnout”— it’s a sociological condition in which we feel consistently and chronically bored in our daily lives.
Boreout in the workplace affects both employers and employees alike. A recent study performed in Turkey found that employees who are chronically bored at work suffer from significantly higher levels of anxiety and stress. A similar study conducted by Udemy showed that bored employees are twice as likely to change professions or leave their current job, which is costly for companies.
How to Fix Being Bored at Work
There are a few ways in which you personally can fight back against a continuing feeling of boredom in the workplace, without simply forcing yourself through the day.
Try to pinpoint the problem
Reflect on the why and when you’re feeling bored. Are there specific aspects of the job which exacerbate your feelings of boredom? Does your boss come into play? Are there aspects of your personal life influencing your feelings in the office?
By identifying and articulating more specifically what it is that causes your boredom, you’ll be able to address it more effectively.
Talk to your boss
While it might seem strange to approach your boss and tell them you’re bored at work, it might be one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the amount of boredom at work.
Ask if there are any additional or more complex projects you can integrate into your daily work activities. By articulating your boreout and expressing that you are struggling to stay stimulated, you’re opening a line of communication with your employers and giving them an opportunity to resolve the issue.
Look for professional growth opportunities
Look for any conferences, seminars or programmes in your area of expertise that would improve your professional development. Updating your knowledge on industry standards, creating network opportunities, and finding potential clients are just some of the many benefits of attending professional development events.
Furthering your education with a professional certificate or a diploma is another great way to stay stimulated and engaged with your career. EDHEC’s online programmes provide you with the opportunity to acquire new skills in management, finance, data or international business and can prepare you for an eventual promotion to a managerial position within your department.
Many companies set aside a certain amount of annual funding for career development activities, so don’t forget to talk to your HR department and see if they’ll provide any opportunities.