Constantly having the feeling that you can’t do enough and that you’re bored can lead to a condition that experts describe as boreout in the long run. Unlike burnout, the cause of this problem is not excessive demands, but a clear lack of demands.
For many people, their own workplace means a constant accumulation of boredom. The tasks they are given do not challenge them, or there is basically too little to do. Over time, frustration arises, which can develop into depression and eventually lead to a state of boreout, complete boredom. This is a state of being overtaxed by a permanent lack of things to do, and it can be dangerous for the psyche. Although this problem is still relatively unknown, more and more people are suffering from it. In addition to psychological symptoms such as listlessness, sadness and despondency, there are also physical complaints.
Sick leave due to boreout?
Burnout is on everyone’s lips and receives full attention. But what happens to all those who simply can’t be happy with the tasks they feel exposed to? Who need more, more demands, more content, more creativity? Do they fall by the wayside? Sometimes tiredly smiled at, a great deal of suffering sets in here as well. And this can make people ill. Burnout still accounts for the highest number of sick leaves. But the number of cases of boreout is also increasing. To prevent this from happening, there are various strategies for those affected.
Preventing boreout in the workplace
Anyone who is bored at work and is confronted with too few or uninteresting tasks should not accept this, but actively take action against it. A meeting with the supervisor can work wonders. Here it helps to reconsider exactly the choice of words. So instead of saying, “I’m bored,” it helps to phrase it positively, “I still have capacity, couldn’t I?” This puts you in a good light and makes it possible to get new challenges and thus fight boreout.
Banish boreout in your free time
If talks at work are not helpful enough and there is no lasting improvement there, the only thing that helps is to look to your free time. Those who become active and engage in sports or repeat the lack of drive in social engagements or voluntary work will be happier in the long term. It is completely sufficient to shift the lack of confirmation and the missing tasks into the spare time and already one takes part in the life more happily and creates oneself a balance. This is not ideal, but it’s still better than being frustrated all day and not finding an outlet for it.
In the long term, it is nevertheless advisable to look for meaningful tasks and, if this is not successful in the long term at work, to think about changing jobs or being transferred internally to counteract this. After all, nothing is worse than frustration and boredom. Boreout is a condition that must be avoided at all costs for the sake of one’s own mental and physical well-being.
Always take boreouts seriously!
The biggest problem is the problem itself. Boreout is still something that most people are unaware of. Accordingly, the reactions to those affected are incredulous. They are laughed at and not taken seriously. What’s wrong with being bored? It’s much better than having too much to do all the time and almost losing your head over it? But these prejudices are long outdated, because it has been proven how great the suffering of those affected actually is. Not immediately from the first day, but with time and then it gets worse and worse. That’s why it doesn’t help to smile and push the whole thing away. Only active countermeasures can help and bring motivation and joy back to the workplace. Because such a bad inner mood does not fit at all with the desired topic of New Work, which is also about the inner fulfillment of the employees. Employers should therefore urgently think about how they can help their employees to achieve this!
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