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Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing workers to look for a new job

by LLB Reporter
22nd May 17 10:49 am

Many admit that they feel bored at work on a daily basis

Boredom can affect even the most studious of workers, and worrying new statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveal that boredom afflicts nearly half of UK workers (44.9 per cent), with 54 per cent admitting that they have looked for a new job as a result of a dull work life.

The survey, which asked 1,200 professionals about boredom at work, found that one in five (19.4 per cent) UK workers admitted to feeling bored on a weekly basis, with a further 23.7 per cent claiming that they feel this way about their work every day. Furthermore, only 19.3 per cent of workers stated that they never felt bored in their work life. When asked why they felt this way, respondents cited the following as the top reasons:

  1. I do the same thing every day – 26.6 per cent 
  2. I dislike my job – 21.8 per cent 
  3. My daily tasks are tedious – 16.6%
  4. There’s little for me to do – 14.3 per cent 
  5. I work alone – 8.3 per cent 

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It is very disappointing to see boredom getting the best of the UK’s workers. With so much of our adult lives spent in work, ensuring that you get passion and enjoyment from your career is of paramount importance. 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 these periods of boredom, 28.8 per cent of UK workers citied that they would prioritise their workload in a bid to re-engage with the work at hand. Following this, 15 per cent would set deadlines for themselves, with a further 12.8 per cent opting to listen to music in an attempt to ward off the onset of boredom.

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