Boredom at work: how to fight?

An increasing inactivity in your work results in many observable symptoms: coffee breaks getting longer and are more frequent, your personal calls are multiplying, and you consult your personal mail twenty times a day… Each of these is a sign of your boredom of days at the office. The problem is that inactivity can cause a particular illness in its victims and can be especially dangerous when the boredom leads to exhaustion. In this case, it is not the stress that is causing the discomfort but the lack of challenge. Therefore I will give you some ideas for rediscovering your interest in and desire to work.

Before knowing how to fight this boredom, you must first analyse the situation. Browsing a few minutes per day on the internet or chatting with colleagues over coffee does not necessarily mean that the daily work is boring. There really is a big problem though when your private tasks take on an important part and take up a sizeable chunk of your working time. Of course, tell your colleagues if you are drowning under the weight of your work, But if you’re feel tired in the evening when your day has been completely calm then something is really not quite right. The only thing to do is to ask yourself about the interest you have in your work activity because a profound boredom coupled with a loss of interest can be dramatic.

The problem may come from an under-exploitation of your capacities by your employer. We know that we can do more and do better, but the concern is that we are confined to simple tasks in which we lack real interest. However, for people who are eaten up by boredom, it is always difficult to ask for more work, they must first “work hard” for that privilege. You must go to see your manager, who is not necessarily aware of your situation. In signalling your availability, you show you value efficiency and demonstrate your taste for work. When we do not grasp the meaning or the purpose of our daily work, motivation can be reduced. To restore some value to work, you must establish a dialogue with the manager to find out how your role fits into the functioning of the society. Your supervisor should be able to point out the elements of your work that make your function essential to a more ambitious project.

Another cause of boredom at work may be due to the lack of challenges. Without concrete goals or challenges, it is easy to lose all active involvement in your work. You must find challenges that fit your ambitions. Therefore you have to take the initiative: take on the the objectives that you have set yourself and find new missions which will allow you to practise your talents

One thing to remember, blossoming at work is not just a matter of increasing the mass of work done in a day. Indeed, use your free time to build relationships with your colleagues, for example whilst stood around the coffee machine. Avoid withdrawal, because that is what makes you feel bad at work.
Boredom at the office often comes from the environment in which we operate. A manager who can not delegate, a colleague who appropriates all the interesting tasks. If you can not change your environment, try to quit it. Be on the lookout for internal promotions and vacancies in other services.

Desperate times means desperate measures. This is the radical solution to give meaning to your life. Changing job may however be necessary for those who have gone astray on their professional path or that experience a great weariness in their job. It is a long process, so you better be sure of your choice.

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