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Boreout  - being chronically bored at work

Boreout - being chronically bored at work

Boreout is when we are chronically bored by our work to the point of our work feeling utterly pointless.

Factors that can cause chronic boredom includes:

  • A demoralising physical environment, like a cubicle farm.
  • Feeling under-challenged over a long time.
  • Meaninglessness - feeling that the work doesn't have any purpose.


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Harmful effects of boreout

Experts say this phenomenon can result in the same health problems for workers as burnout.

Studies show that chronic boredom increased the likelihood of employees' turnover, early retirement intention, poor self-rated health and stress symptoms. Depression from boreout can lead to physical ailments from insomnia to headaches.


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Fixing boreout can be tricky

Workers who are chronically boreout are more reluctant to address it because it has been ongoing for so long. They may not want to take up the issue with managers as it reflects a lack of interest and motivation.

  • A quick fix can be to take on work tasks that are more interesting to you.
  • In inherently dull tasks, other aspects, such as good relationships or feeling appreciated, can bring meaning.
  • Management also plays a major role in creating an office culture that makes people feel valuable.


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Make boreout part of conversation

In the same way we're increasing discussions around burnout, work-life balance, and workplace inequalities, experts say we need to talk about boreout.

Talking only about stress and burnout in the workplace is insufficient to address the spectrum of human suffering at work. Discussing boreout could broaden our understanding of what makes a good work-life. Organisations can re-think their human resource philosophies and organise work in a more sustainable way.


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