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Why do people feel bored at work and why should employers pay attention to employee boredom?

Many people, particularly at the moment, feel stressed & at times burnt-out. However, I'm hearing some of my friends and clients say: “I am bored!”, “I can do my job with my eyes closed!”

It's natural to occasionally feel bored at work but if people continuously feel that way what can that mean?

Boredom can be a sign of ‘rust out’, burn-out's lesser-known cousin. Rust out happens when: you are under-stimulated at work; your work doesn't stretch you enough; you aren't utilising your strengths skills & potential; or you have a low sense of meaning or purpose. This can lead to feeling low, anxious & disengaged.

Boredom can be a catalyst for change which often means looking for another job. According to Korn Ferry's Breaking Boredom report, of those who are looking to change their current job, 33% cite the main reason as boredom. Boredom can cause attrition, disengagement and may negatively impact people's wellbeing, performance and in turn the bottom line.

The graphic above can be a useful tool to understand where people are.

To find out more about how to help people prevent stress, rust out & burn-out and bring employees back to the point of optimum wellbeing & peak performance don not hesitate to get in touch.

#wellbeing, #emotionalinteligence, #performance, #enagegment, #emotions, #mental health,

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