Postdate: 30 May 2018
The number of employees suffering a burn-out is increasing. At the other end of the scale there is the bore-out: serious boredom at work. Where does this come from and more importantly: what is the solution?
Do you belong to the 15% of people who is seriously bored at work? To the point that, every day, you:
- reluctantly go to work
- can’t find any inspiration
- get physical complaints, such as headaches and joint pains
- feel chronically tired, apathetic, irritable and stressed
- think that you can’t do anything, or actually miss being challenged?
Ironically, these symptoms also match a burn-out. It’s time to take a closer look at this.
Maybe you have too little work, are not stimulated enough, have work that is defined down to the smallest details or just act as if you are very busy because others are doing a lot of work. Thinking that shopping for something new or arranging to get together with friends is far more important at that time, you start surfing the internet. Slowly, you fade away into a world of frustration, routines and endless boredom, day after day. But there is a way out.
If you don’t change anything, nothing will happen either. Is this what you want for the next 5 years? It’s highly likely that you are saying ‘no’ to this. See below for the most important solutions:
1. Set a goal. Nothing is more important than having small goals because they help you to move forward. This will slowly increase your motivation again.
2. Be assertive. Make it clear that you are able to take on more work. A bit of openness does wonders.
3. Challenge yourself with something new. This could be doing a work-related course, but also doing something new in your personal life. It is all about building up confidence.
4. Work out whether or not you are actually able to change anything.
Sometimes corporate culture does not allow this, or your standards and values continue to clash with the organisation for which you work. It's good to determine for yourself whether or not there is still something you can change, or if you would be better off with another job.
As you can see, a bore-out can make you very unhappy, just like a burn-out. By making small adjustments, you will get there. The final conclusion is that you should do more things that give you energy, rather than swallow up your energy. Only then will you be able to get the most out of your work.