Boredom at work sounds very negative and it can cause a lot of trouble for the person who is feeling it. It can affect personal progress and the person experiencing it will dread to go to work and finds no happiness to continue working there.
How does it get developed? Can an employee who cannot find any satisfaction in his scope of work develop it? Does the management play a contributory role? There are many reasons but a self check can prove that the way in which a person feeling it may have concluded in his mind to feel that there is no future or progress that can be made in whatever task that has been assigned.
Just imagine this. If your mind does not conclude that you are bored, would you still feel “bored”?
Boredom Can Kill…!Boredom Can Kill…Heal It Fast!
If you had ever felt bored at work, I can imagine the amount of thoughts that may have gone through your mind. I would also like to mention that there would be negative and positive thoughts that seemed to be flashing through your mind.
As an example of this, lets say that one of them would be “I am not going to complete my assigned tasks as I am bored of doing it everyday”. Another would be “I feel bored today and I am going to surf the internet and see if I can find a good movie to go after work”. Both situations illustrate boredom but the first example will lead to a host of trouble with the immediate superior or management while the second shows that the person is going to make himself feel more positive without realising the consequences of not completing the day’s tasks.
As the old saying goes “Boredom can kill!”, it is wise for a person to know what this may mean, both in the short and long term. Two of the effects are as follow:
So, if you are feeling bored at work or you know that a colleague is experiencing it, think about this two effects and share this with the affected colleague.
What Do You Do About Boredom?Stopping The Bored Feeling
Whenever, we are bored, there is always a subtle voice in our mind that tells us to stop thinking about it so that we can feel good again. But, how often does one hears the mind talking to him? Yet, many employees unconsciously stop the bored feeling after a while. They seem to have let it go without doing anything.
In actual fact, there are so much work to be done at our workplace and sometimes while we are feeling bored, we get invited out to lunch with our colleagues and then we talk about all sort of topics and we soon lose the thoughts of feeling bored. Sometimes we are also asked to do other tasks that somehow are interesting to us and once again after getting very involved doing the new task, boredom is out of our mind.
These types of external contributory factors are not going to be there all the time. We need to be able to put in place, our own ways of stopping boredom. We must be very clear on what we can do whenever we feel bored and not just wait for some external forms to take us away from our boredom.
Simple tasks that one can do include:
Whenever you are feeling bored, try any of the above and see how you feel after several times.
When you feel bored, everything that you want accomplished would seem to be an unmotivated uphill task.
Written by Stephen Ronee Lau. 3 January 2012