What can we do when work is boring?


The burn-out syndrome, which is the exhaustion that is linked to the excessive work is now acknowledged and documented. However we are less aware about bore-out, a different kind of professional exhaustion, connected this time to boredom.

How do you define bore-out?

Work-related boredom could be a problem for one of three employees around the globe. In the long run this feeling of boredom as well as the inactivity and/or satisfaction at work may cause feelings of guilt as well as a loss of self-esteem or even depression. Bore-out, which is a term that comes out of “to to be boring” is a problem that affects about 6% of workers in Europe. It is often viewed as stigma, it could be an underlying cause of pain and suffering.

The loss of meaning in the workplace could also be a factor in the term brown-out. Like bore-out and brown-out, it is a term used to describe a decrease in commitment to work that is a result of the loss of meaning at work as well as a lack of awareness of the significance of the job as well as a failure of being able to put tasks in perspective. Brown-out workers then do their work and not really think about the quality of their work and are mentally ready to quit their jobs.

Are bore-out and burn-out incompatible? burn-out?

It is sometimes thought to be the reverse of burn-out. it is a result of boredom in the workplace however, burn-out, however is caused by overwork. Both of these conditions however, share three key points in common they share: the fact that both suffer from it as well as the connection to the workplace in addition to the possibility that they may change from one to the next. For instance, a person who is suffering from burnout and told to work less might not be able to adjust to a reduced workload, and then go from burn-out to boredom.


What are the main causes of bore-out?

The reason for boredom can be inadequate or incomplete work load, but it can also be caused due to a lack of motivation or interest in the areas assigned to the employee even with a sufficient amount of work.

The development of this condition is partly attributed to the economic structure for our modern society. In reality, companies due to the need for adaptation, are not afraid to delegate tasks to their employees who are not in their area of expertise or interest and even their general profile. The division of work that is the result of breaking tasks into smaller tasks, could cause boredom-related situations.

Additionally, the amount of boredom at work has been able to rise in recent years. People have higher expectations for their work and their employer since they are spending more time in the workplace and have more expectations of their work, but the tools to manage discontent in the workplace are more limited shifting jobs or companies by training or getting a promotion, which was once thought to be a source of optimism and self-transcendence is now increasingly risky or difficult due to the uncertain economic environment.

What are the signs of bore-out?

Bore-out is characterized by the impression that something isn’t working in the workplace. The feeling develops with time, and eventually leads to a decline in mental and physical health. Heart-related injuries are 2.5 times more frequent among those suffering from the boron-out.

The most prominent indicators of mental and physical impairment that is a sign of bore-out are:

  • fatigue ;
  • sleep disorders ;
  • lack of appetite
  • various pains.

The symptoms will gradually become more severe until the person suffering from them cannot attend work. The feeling of boredom can be accompanied by feelings of guilt. Feeling bored at work, even though you’ve struggled at times to achieve it, while other people are also looking for work, may trigger feelings of shame and discourage those suffering from it from expressing the issue to their friends or to a medical professional.

What happens when work is boring us?

It can be difficult to take a proactive approach and respond in bore-out situations. The answers should not only be derived from the individual affected but also from the various parties involved: line manager employees, employees, human resources and so on.

Bore-out can be avoided by using simple techniques:

  • Find your passion again: For instance, by identifying enjoyable projects, suggesting different ways of working and setting clear goals to be met;
  • Relaunch communication: having a discussion with your colleagues and managers in a manner that is open and honest will help you identify the cause of the boredom , and then fix it. You can also arrange an interview with Human Resources should it be more convenient for you to do so;
  • acknowledge gratitude. Negative feedback usually exceeds positive feedback. A word of encouragement, noting the effort during meetings, or even a token of appreciation from management could be very beneficial to an unhappy person.

If you are feeling bored daily in your job and have a feeling of being bored, the first thing to discuss it with your family members, your spouse and friends will help you think more clearly the issue which is causing you to suffer. If your symptoms are having significant impact on your life, don’t hesitate talk to a professional in mental health who is specially trained to handle psychosocial issues and can offer immediate and practical assistance.