Drinking heavily? A dull office could be the cause
Chronic boredom leads one in four office workers to potentially harmful behaviour such as bingeing on chocolate or coffee or turning to alcohol after a shift, according to a new study. Dr Sandi Mann, who led the survey of 102 office workers, who were questioned by researchers from the University of Central Lancashire, blamed their boredom on being set unchallenging tasks by their bosses.
Three quarters of the employees told researchers that they lost concentration when assigned with dull, repetitive tasks and half said that they were more prone to make mistakes, the Daily Express reported.While half of those questioned said it would make them consider switching jobs.
Dr Mann presented her findings to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's division of occupational psychology on Thursday. She suggested that bosses should cut tedium by using "enrichment programmes such as job rotation, multi-skilling and empowerment". She also said that bosses should also promote better ways of coping with boredom through education or by providing healthy snacks and drinks in canteens.