Why Office Work is Boring: How can I cope?
Office work can be extremely redundant, especially if daily work tasks are similar to one another. While its true environment can have a strong influence on psychological experience, what you’re physically doing does too. How your brain reacts to daily challenges or a lack thereof can have a dramatic effect on your emotional wellbeing.
For many people, office work may not seem challenging enough, and because of this they feel underappreciated or misplaced. Because so many different people have different experiences and education, meaningful job placement can be difficult to find. This is also not to take away from the reality of how taxing the wrong job can be for someone because they are in fact underqualified. Not every job is right for the same person, and sometimes a change of pace or duties can make all the positive difference.
Many people have been working the same office job for an extremely long time, anywhere from 10, 15, 20, or even 30 years and more. While this can be beneficial for some as they ‘work their way up the ladder’ without regular recognition, promotions, and professional evaluations a job environment can become both extremely boring, and discouraging.
Here are three prospective ways to cope with your boring job, and perhaps more deeply understand what it is that makes it boring, and you so unhappy if this is the case. A solution and change of pace might be much closer than you think.
1. If you dread going to work the next day before you even lay your head down to sleep, this might be a sign that you either need a break, vacation or might benefit from seeking employment elsewhere. Although, rather than just leaving it may very well be beneficial and provide a solution to you without finding a new place of work if you go to your manager or management with your concerns, and if not a promotion at least find out what it would take to change roles, departments, or advance within the company.
2. If you always feel like you’re an inch away and ‘ready to explode’ while on the job, interacting with your peers, and superiors, it may very well be time to move on. Sometimes, boredom is a reaction of emotional unhappiness, irritability, misery, depression, dissatisfaction, and of course anger. The last thing you want though is to allow your boredom to make you so angry that you possibly become rageful and aggressive towards those you work with.
3. If you’re so bored at work, and plenty of people do this but may not be as fed up or insincere as you, that you play on the computer or do other tasks while at work (such as search for a new job), if not self-evaluating why you’re keeping this job, it never the less is likely time for you to prepare to move on and perhaps put in a two week notice to your employer.