Is it okay to be bored at work?Studies have shown that boredom is not as bad for you as you might think. Boredom is often your mind’s way of letting you know that it is under-stimulated or diverted. Finding the cause of that diversion or discovering what holds your interest can help you improve your productivity or move into an area of work better suited to your skill set and interests. Boredom is acceptable, and even expected. But boredom can turn into active disengagement, a state 16% of the workforce are in constantly. During active disengagement you are not only avoiding work, you are actively being counter-productive. This is bad for both your job and your mental health. Mindless scrolling on social media, flicking your colleague with bits of paper, or taking that seventh BuzzFeed quiz because you can’t think of any reason not to will most likely only make you feel worse. So instead of turning to snacking or yet another walk around the office, why not have a look at our boredom causers and boredom killers to help you find out why you are so bored and then find out how to rectify the situation so you can enjoy going into work.
What are the reasons for boredom at work?
- Mismatched job
How to kill boredom at work?So how do you tackle boredom at work? There are some surprisingly simple strategies that you can start implementing today to help you deal with your lacklustre day.
- Create a new challenge
- Make your work a game
- Do some stretches or exercises
- Use a soundtrack
- Work with a colleague
- Concentrate on mindset
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