Boredom a ‘new stress,’ says researcher

Undemanding workload can lead to lost concentration, mistakes, turnover
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2012

They might look content and engaged sitting at their desks, but one-quarter of office workers suffer from chronic boredom, according to a study out of the United Kingdom.

“Boredom is kind of a new stress,” said author Sandi Mann, a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

The results are not surprising considering boredom is the second-most suppressed emotion in the workplace, after anger, said Mann, who has done other studies on emotions. And some people have a personality trait called boredom proneness, which means they have a greater tendency to be bored.