Could boredom be driving your staff away?

New research finds that boredom in the workplace is widespread and it's having an impact on employee wellbeing and productivity.

A new poll by CV-Library has revealed that over half of UK workers say boredom at work has caused them to look around for a new job. The findings show that boredom affects almost half (45%) of workers and 54% admit that they have looked for a new job because of a dull work life.

The survey polled 1,200 professionals and found that one in five (19%) of UK workers said they feel bored on a weekly basis; a further 24% said that they feel this way about their work every day. However, 19% of workers said they never felt bored in their work life.

The main reasons for boredom included:

  • Doing the same thing every day (27%);
  • Dislike of the job (22%);
  • Tedious daily tasks (17%);
  • Too little to do (14%);
  • Working alone (8%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: "Prolonged boredom in a job can lead, very quickly, to burnout, low productivity and inevitably a high turnover of staff for businesses, so it's extremely important that each and every employee in a company feels engaged in their day-to-day work."

When asked how they maintain productivity at work during periods of boredom, 29% of UK workers said they worked on prioritising tasks in order to re-engage with the work at hand; 15% set deadlines and 13% use music to perk themselves up.

"While it is good that UK workers have coping mechanisms in place to ensure that their productivity levels don't decline, there is clearly a worrying trend of boredom in the workplace," said Biggins.

"It is up to employers to identify disengaged workers and find ways of reinjecting purpose and interest into their job role, or risk a high turnover of staff as a result. In some cases, it may be that workers are simply not in the correct job, and they should take these feelings of boredom as a sign that they need to start searching for a new job that they are passionate about."

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