The most common cause for boredom in the work place is being hired for a job that is so mundane that even a monkey would cry. Monotony is the number one aspect that leads to an associate’s boredom.
Often I have worked in job situations that I was over qualified for. But on the other hand, there are jobs I was suited to but still there were instances where I felt bored. I have had jobs that were so busy that you didn’t have time to get bored, just tired.
In one place I worked, I was a lens grinder for a Bausch and Lomb Optical Dispensary. The job was entry level. It was very repetitious. I hated the monotony and didn’t last a week. I could have stayed there indefinitely but the work environment was loud and I was too bored to do the work. I felt like a part of a bigger machine. It was not for me.
I have seen boredom in the eyes and facial expressions of grocery store checkers who are paid to stand on their feet all day long ringing up customers. For those customers who don’t like the checker’s attitude, there’s always the self-checkout of course. But, I have talked to specific workers who told me it wasn’t that the job was boring but that the pay was bad. In some cases it was the standing. All day long, having to stand in one spot practically all day or night. I can relate to this. I was employed by several different stores. I once started working as a courtesy clerk in a Kroger. It was interesting enough. I got to fill up the bags and do go backs, condition the items on the shelves, not just bag people’s groceries. I was never bored because I never got more than 5 hours a day there. It wasn’t enough to support my lifestyle. I needed a better paying job. I eventually was promoted to frozen foods but it was too fast paced. I wasn’t willing to keep up the pace of 50 cases an hour. I quit that job in a hurry and went into business cutting lawns.
Back to the boredom issue. I can see it in their eyes. I can see several aspects of malcontent in the expressions of many people who hold public service type jobs. The thing one has to ask themselves, ultimately is: “Do I Like My Job?” Sure, many of us feel stuck in one type of job or another because of our financial commitment to paying the bills, keeping up our rent and car payments and so forth. I can see sticking to a job that bores the beegeezers out of you for a time but ultimately comes a day when you have to make that bold decision to move on to higher places, better horizons, more prosperous job choices.
Some people end up going back to college just because they want to better themselves so the next job opportunity will prove satisfying and more meaningful.
To help deal with or overcome boredom on the job varies in many work environments.
The break room: People get a short break to take a load off their feet and snack on microwaved meals and short conversation or stare blankly into the television screen. It all depends. Some break rooms are better than others. I’ve seen people walking out of a warehouse and purchase food from a catering truck then set on benches in the parking lot and smoking a cigarette and sipping on cola for 30 minutes before marching back to work.
I dealt with boredom and depression on many occasions and the way I usually dealt with boredom was by putting myself into my work full force. I was always a hard worker. Sometimes I was criticized by the guys at one shipping and storage company that unloaded freight cars for working too hard and making others look bad. I ended up quitting that job when a man pulled a knife out and threatened me with it.
The boredom that comes in most service type jobs is caused by the frenzy and fast paced nature of the job like Jack In The Box. One woman who was in fact the opposite from bored, had a stress related heart attack and had to be taken to the ER ASAP. The only thing that makes these poor people feel good about their jobs is when a customer acts kindly to them instead of criticizing them for being too slow or getting their order wrong. I am deliberately kind to people in the fast food industry because I know what they go through because I frequent them often and my younger brother and his best friend worked in a Taco Bell when right out of high school. I have a few step children who are grown up now, who had to deal with rude customers and pushy bosses in the fast food industry.
If you are bored with your job you can try to get a promotion so your job might be more challenging. You might try being polite to your co-workers and try to get along better. Nothing is worse than being bored but also having difficulty getting along with your co-workers and/or boss.
In an office setting, like the place I worked as a floor plan draft person for large complex hospitals and corporate sized buildings. I had to do electrical schematics and use templates to place the equipment and wiring locations all over the place and this was very tedious. It led me to over eat. We all were placed in small cubicles, with our job assignments given to us each morning. Boredom wasn’t exactly what I felt. I don’t know but nobody talked to you unless it was an instruction to do something or a critique. There was no sense of family in this work place. It was even colder than college. At least there I had friends and got to hang out during lunch in the lobby and the lunch room. I guess I was kind of spoiled. I grew up doing things I liked and this job wasn’t one of them.
I may have had many many different jobs. The way I see it, these jobs all gave me insight on the working environment. I learned more in all these years that it was more the work place environment than the work that was actually performed that made people happy rather than sad, productive rather than bored and the quality of a job well done was more important than getting a lot of things done in a short time without putting in 100 percent first.
Below are links to some of the most boring occupations:
Boring no. 1
Boring no. 2
Boring no. 3