VIDEO: Workers share their views on boredom at work

VIDEO: Workers share their views on boredom at work

Bore out – similar to a “burn out” but less interesting, is when employees suffer from serious boredom at work.

Following the case of Frédéric Desnard, who suffered from boredom at his job which he described as a "decent into hell," the BBC has further investigated the effects of boredom at work.

The 44-year-old French man said his job was a “bore out”, claiming the job left him with “serious depression” and even caused epileptic fits.

Investigating the effects of boredom further, the BBC spoke to Dr Teresa Belton, Visiting Fellow and previous Researcher at the School of Education & Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, who said that it’s not the employer’s responsibility if employees are bored, but they will fail to get the best out of them if they aren’t challenged.

She says serious boredom is caused by “insufficient stimulus or challenge” and gives rise to “dissatisfaction and meaningless.”

The BBC then posed the questions about boredom at work to the public. One respondent said “mundane, monotony and the same old thing” would give rise to boredom.

Another man said that working at a petrol station was boring, as he had “nothing to do.”

Other respondents said they were too busy at work to experience boredom.

One man replied with “if you’re bored at work, you’re in the wrong job.” 

Video content credited to BBC.

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