Edited by Dirk Lindebaum, Deanna Geddes and Peter J. Jordan
Chapter 4: Boredom at work: what, why, and what then?
Boredom has been talked about in a variety of ways by scholars from many disciplines over the years. One of these, the transient emotional state of boredom, is likely to be experienced by nearly everyone from time to time and is the primary focus of this chapter. The workplace may predispose to such episodes of boredom when autonomy is low, tasks lack personal meaning or are too simple or too complex, and performers find that attention is effortful or their minds wander. Bored individuals attempt to down-regulate their negative emotional state in a variety of ways, some of which are helpful and others harmful to themselves and/or the organization.
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