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WORKPLACE / DEC. 26, 2015
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How to Beat Boredom and Burnout at Work

If you’re amongst the 4 million (yes million) Americans that hate their jobs, you might want to read this article. After all, what existence is more miserable than spending eight hours every day doing or being somewhere you loathe? There are many ways to beat boredom and burnout at work…quitting isn’t necessarily one of them.

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Find the Silver Lining

There was a reason you started this job in the first place. Yes, even desperation for money is a reason. All you have to do is go back and find what motivated you to accept the job in the first place. If it was money and only money, then you might want to ask for a raise. Also, trying to assess what has changed since you accepted the job, might help you figure out why you now have come to dislike it soo much (see hate).

I know this seems like a cheap motivational poster type way to find your giddy-up and go at work, but the mind is a powerful thing and if you can convince it that you aren’t in a rut, you might actually be able to pull yourself out of it.

Ask For More

Not necessarily more money (although everyone needs a little more of that) but maybe new responsibilities. A monotonous routine has a crushing effect on motivation and satisfaction levels, so if you are given a few more responsibilities or something new and different outside your comfort zone, it could help break up your routine and give you a new sense of purpose and a new set of goals to accomplish.

Talk to Management

Ok, although it’s not advertised, management is there to help their employees, because a happy employee is a productive employee. It sounds pretty 1984, but whatever the motivations, they’d much prefer to keep a trained and assimilated employee than hire someone new and invest time and money into training them, in the hopes that they will be at least as good as the previous employee. So yeah you might be surprised with managements’ willingness to find out what’s irking you and hopefully help you to resolve it.


If all else fails, extreme measures might be necessary. How extreme? Life changing extreme. If your job can no longer offer a fulfilling and satisfying work experience, it might be an indication that is time to move on. Again this is after you exhausted all other available options, you’ve spoken with management, asked for a raise, requested more responsibilities and talked to them about your situation. The arduous process of dusting off your resume, scouring the help wanted ads and going to interviews might actually make you appreciate the job you have and help resurface the motivation you had when you first started, or not. That my friend is up to you.

See Also: Do What You Love ’Til You Hate It

Do you know of any other ways to become more motivated and leave boredom behind at work? Let us know in the comment section below.

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