Most workers have felt bored by their job at some point in their working life.
It might be a painfully slow mid-week afternoon, a sleep-inducing administration task or that employees feel they’re not learning new skills.
Though most staff would probably never admit this to their boss, a recent study by Emolument.com has revealed the professions where employees feel least engaged by their work.
Law professionals are the most disengaged, with eight out of ten claiming they feel bored at work – the 1,300 person survey by the salary benchmarking site found.
Project managers come a close second in the boredom stakes, followed by staff who offer support functions, workers in finance control and employees in Consulting & Accountancy.
The repetitive nature of a Junior Lawyer’s working week, which involves researching cases and previous rulings, is cited as a reason why 81% of lawyers felt disinterested at work.
However, there is surprisingly little difference in boredom levels between junior employees and executive staff – with around two out three people, in both senior and junior positions, feeling bored at some point.
It’s not all “I’m bored, my boss is bored and his boss is too” though, as Research & Development (R&D) staff feel invigorated by the changeable nature of their work. Only 45% of R&D workers feel that their work is dull.
Emolument.com’s study also revealed the countries in which workers felt most bored – with United Arab Emirate topping the listing, although employees do enjoy very high salaries.
Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com, says: 'Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep Millennials engaged, especially in traditional industries, such as accounting and legal jobs, which can be perceived as dull, while employers attempt to give young employees the satisfaction of making an impact in their work life in order to prevent them from moving on too swiftly.
“Without an inspirational leadership figure, or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in.”
A separate study, by online learning platform Udemy.com, found that young Millennials (aged 21-24) are almost twice as likely to be bored at work (38%) than baby boomers (22%).
Darren Shimkus, VP and General Manager of Udemy for Business, explains: “Overwhelmingly, 80% of employees surveyed agree that learning new skills at work would make them more interested and engaged in their jobs. Employers should capitalise on that willingness to learn by providing opportunities for employees to be challenged and rewarded, and enjoy a sense of growth and momentum.
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