Do you find yourself unchallenged by your work? Routine, lack of mental stimulation, or a sleepy organizational culture can lead to boredom. Sometimes, it is okay to be bored by your work. Perhaps your career is not a primary element of life balance for you. Perhaps there are other significant demands on your time and work offers some relief. Perhaps you have other interests that offer you the challenge you want and need. All this is fine. However, if you would rather not be bored at work, it is time to take action.

If your work bores you, then you are accepting boredom as part of your life. You do not have to. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you find yourself bored with your work and would rather this not be the case. Hopefully, they can point you in the direction of change.

• Are you bored because you do not have enough to do or because the activities you undertake at work are unchallenging?

• Do you sense that others around you are bored as well? Does your organization’s culture or the nature of its work tilt towards boring activities?

• Do you see any promise in stepping up and asking for a change in your responsibilities that can lead to being challenged by them?

• What would you love to do? What do you need to be challenged and fulfilled in your work?


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