Social Functions of Emotion and Talking About Emotion at Work
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Social Functions of Emotion and Talking About Emotion at Work

Edited by Dirk Lindebaum, Deanna Geddes and Peter J. Jordan

What novel theoretical insights can be gleaned by comparing our theoretical understanding of emotion in relation to how we 'talk about’ emotion at work? Drawing from psychological and sociological thinking, leading emotion researchers respond to this question for ten common and powerful emotions at work. The chapters detail various conditions under which our study of emotions and our talk about them can be at odds or reinforce each other in organizations, and how these differences impact subsequent consequences for organizations and their members.
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Chapter 4: Boredom at work: what, why, and what then?

Cynthia D. Fisher


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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