Overcoming Job Boredom
Job boredom has become a common problem in all types of work environments. For a business, there are a number of consequences to having employees who suffer from job boredom that can include:
low worker productivity, loss of revenue, poor performance, loss of passion to help the business succeed, increased employee conflicts, and loss of motivation, innovation, and creativity. For employees, the psychological impact of job boredom can result in an emotional detachment from the business because they no longer feel a personal connection and loyalty to the business.
Today’s employees who suffer from job boredom will often show up late for work or leave early, spend their time surfing the internet and sending emails, daydream, isolate themselves from other employees, and make fewer positive contributions to the company. The psychological effects of job boredom can include: depression, getting angry and frustrated easily, feeling tired, feeling anxious and stressed, feeling discontented with their employee status, and not actively engaging other employees. The overall result is poor quality work, increased job dissatisfaction, and low productivity.
For employees suffering from job boredom, there are number of things they can do to overcome their boredom. The following are a number of solutions employees can implement in order to overcome job boredom:
Self Assessment and Positive Action
Perform a Self Assessment: Employees suffering from job boredom should take some time to find out why they are bored. They should ask themselves why they are not feeling motivated to perform. Is it the particular job tasks? Are they no longer feeling challenged? Could they be taking on more challenging and different job duties? Is it time to ask for a job promotion? Do they feel management no longer appreciates their work? Are they stuck in a dead end job? Employees should also ask themselves if their bored feelings may be due to a personal issue in life such as going through a divorce or having had a recent death in the family. It may be helpful to discuss emotional issues with a professional such as psychologist. As well, sometimes when people are bored they tend to forget the good aspects of their job. It is important that employees list all of the positive aspects of their job which will help them remember why they accepted the job position. It is vital to find meaning in one’s work.
Make Life Outside of Work More Meaningful: Many times people become bored at work if they are bored in their personal life. Bored employees can consider making improvements in their personal lives such as volunteering in the community, finding a hobby, and becoming involved in entertainment and recreational activities.
Assess Personal and Work Strengths: Employees can take an account of all that they have contributed to the company. For instance, they should list all of the ways they have made significant contributions to the company, how they have improved the company, their accomplishments, and what new skills they have acquired. They can then determine how these strengths can be utilized to take on new job duties.
Positive Action in the Workplace
Create Work Challenges: It is important for employees to find ways to challenge themselves in their work. They can shake up their daily routine such as moving to another work space or office, make the work space or office more appealing and comfortable, incorporate new skills into the job duties, take on new and different tasks, become more creative in their daily work routine, work with different people, and look for projects that are more appealing, challenging, and exciting.
Research Company Opportunities: Employees should take a look at specific areas where the company is growing and see how they can become a part of that growth. This can include finding out what skills and education is needed to gain a position. They may discover that they will need to take some classes to get the necessary qualifications. It is important to find a career goal and create a plan to achieve that goal.
Raise Profile within the Company: If employees feel they are not being recognized in the company, they can take steps to stand out in the work place. This can include volunteering for special projects, attending conferences and training programs, volunteering to speak at conferences, write articles for company newsletters, and join or start employee groups. By standing out in the company, employees will make themselves known to management and make important contacts that can help them move up the corporate ladder.
The best solution to overcoming job boredom is to make personal and professional changes in how one performs their daily job tasks. Because we spend a large portion of our lives working, it is important that we are happy, feel challenged, and are shown appreciation when we perform our duties successfully. When employees are bored at work, it is important that they take the appropriate steps to overcome their boredom so that they will become more positive, happy, and productive workers.