Why Workplace ‘Bored-Out’ is the New Burnout (And What Employers Can Do About It)

/Why Workplace ‘Bored-Out’ is the New Burnout (And What Employers Can Do About It)

Why Workplace ‘Bored-Out’ is the New Burnout (And What Employers Can Do About It)

While working from home has its perks, though they may be less obvious, there are drawbacks. And one drawback, in particular, is wreaking havoc on employee motivation, productivity and job satisfaction. The culprit? Boredom. Yes, boredom.

Brace for Work from Home Side Effects

When you think about it, the world of work has undergone a significant transformation. But, how much have your employees’ roles changed in the past 6-9 months? For most, the answer is not much.

In the face of the “pivot and figure out working from home” scenario we have found ourselves in, many workers have been stalled and stagnant in their responsibilities and learning. Conferences, meetings, workshops and events have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format, and unfortunately, attention spans online are running short.

Plus, without coffee breaks, water-cooler chats and team lunches, the social perks of work have virtually vanished. While one could argue that platforms like Zoom provide some imitations of social interaction, technology will never be a perfect replacement for connecting face-to-face. This means that on top of being bored, it’s likely that your remote employees are also feeling isolated and disconnected from the team.

Dangers of Boredom at Work

Many of us are Zooming through our days in discomfort, not liking what we see on the screen or, in some cases, not even paying attention. Complacency is running rampant in remote workplaces, and it’s a serious issue that leaders and HR managers need to pay attention to. Why? Because, when your best and brightest employees find themselves bored and withdrawn from their work, they’re more likely to seek employment elsewhere.

How to Get Beyond Boredom

As we consider that remote work may be a long-term situation for many employees, employee retention and empowerment need to be top of mind. We must determine how to evaluate and address boredom. Training, new assignments, problem solving and collaboration can’t stop just because we are at home. Likewise, promotions and growth opportunities need to be considered, as well. Now is the time to conquer boredom with creativity, to make sure your employees are engaged, happy and challenged.

What are you doing to ensure you don’t lose employees to stagnation? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to our HR Consulting team for support.

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By | October 7th, 2020|HR Consulting|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sheri Brake
With a practical approach to human resources management, leadership development, and policy development, Sheri Brake works with clients to create custom solutions for their organizations. Sheri is the Director and Practice Lead of Business and Human Resources Consulting Practice at Cenera. She delivers legislative expertise, policy development, strategic and HR advising, organizational assessment and restoration, mediation and facilitation, and leader development. Sheri takes pride in a team that works to put the client first, acting ethically and responsibly without exception. Her humour and enthusiasm come through in her engaging, customized programs and training. Clients appreciate Sheri’s professional and candid responses to tough questions on both day-to-day concerns and unforeseen human resource issues. Her HR leadership and project management experience spans over 20 years and includes both private and public sector organizations in oil and gas, professional services, technology, and education. Sheri completed a B.Comm at Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations at Queen’s University. She also has certificates in Project Management, Professional Coaching, Workplace Investigation, Workplace Restoration and Mediation, and ITIL. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR) in good standing.