A yawn in a meeting, doodling while colleagues are discussing projects or thinking about the latest end of season sale bang in the middle of a productive day are typical signs of being bored at work.
It is not excessive work that is bogging down but abundant boredom. How many times in your professional life have you felt bored? While we know the answer is most certainly an affirmative, the number of times will wary, yet bored you sure were. If your answer is a no, then you ought to know that you are living in denial.
Going back to S of the meeting, the reason why he felt the day was beyond rescue was simply because the Internet connection was down. His work had come to a stand still but that wasn’t the problem, he was unable to get on to any placement sites. You see S being a creative person (illustrator) his ways of tackling boredom are also out of the box. He surfs through the job sites not to look for another job but to find out his market worth. His idea being if the boredom gets the better of him, he should be able to negotiate with his boss.
At the other end of the spectrum is A, a marketing professional who has been in the business for more than a decade. When quizzed on how he beats the boredom blues, he says, “I don’t know because I am always bored.
Taking the degree of boredom further, is the classic ‘I am bored need another job’ species of employees. This category of employees start applying for new jobs the minute they start feeling bored. What these people do not realize is that a certain degree of boredom does occur once you settle into a job. You can’t keep hopping jobs that way. Not to forget that the resume looks pitiful with so many job changes in such a little time.
A must mention case here is that of N, who took on a challenge she saw in a new assignment with gusto. A fresher when she was being interviewed for the job she said she was ready to work hard and make a career. Only hitch here was a couple of weeks into the challenges, N was bored and found the nearest exit to take on another interesting challenge.
Moving away from the chronically bored class of workers we talk to those who find different ways to beat the boredom blues. “Chatting with pals using igoogle is the way I keep myself entertained since we are not allowed to use G-talk” confesses a corporate communication executive. Her colleagues, who are constantly seeking knowledge, either play word games to help them up their scores in GMAT or read all reports / though leadership studies on the sectors that they manage.
Sr, a media person says “I keep creating PJ (poor jokes) to keep the atmosphere light. In fact I indulge in punning consciously to keep my brain neurons working’. On a more serious note however he says he explores ways of doing the same job differently so that there is some variety in the process.
AK has a totally different point of view. Besides doing the radical look for a job he starts exploring ways of indulging in hobbies during office hours. In fact one of the ways to beat the B blues is to think of out of the box excuses to give to boss to explain his absence form work while enjoying the hobby, which at times is watching the first day first show.
Then there are ways like taking leaves for no reason. For instance another lady executive conveniently falls ill when a long week end is round the corner. That way whatever is left of the week becomes even smaller. The run off the mill ways of logging on to social networking sites, trading farm items or aquariums, challenging virtual (read online) friends to play poker or hooky as the case may be and of course shopping. Though it has come up last on the list, it is certainly not the least. You see end of season sales can be very difficult to navigate during week ends when the world wants to cash in on the discounts. What better time then, except office hours especially if the sale is close to the office and one is bored to death. Of course carting all the shopping bags back to seat needs some think through, but for people who have created a good enough excuse to bunk work and attend a sale, slipping the shopping bags in is hardly a task.
Our title to this article suggests that the above mentioned type of employees have a limited scope as they have made an improper selection of heir field of working. An aspirant must choose a job which interests him/her and going to the office must be pleasant task.