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Underchallenged in the job? What you can do to prevent boredom from turning into a boreout

When there is talk of “fair redistribution of work”, many under-challenged people know exactly what is meant: While some drown in work, others are immensely bored in their job. Burnout has long since been joined by boreout - the pathological boredom that nips all motivation in the bud and accompanies us through the working day without drive. We met with a psychologist Christa Schirl talk about how to avoid boredom turning into boreout.

Christa Schirl

Boredom or boreout - how do you make the distinction?

Basically, boredom is an important skill, because often it is only through it that you come up new ideas and get creative. In other words: only an empty glass can be filled. Boredom in itself is not a disease, in contrast to boreout, according to Schirl: "Boreout means to be bored. The boredom becomes unbearable and leads to a serious illness with symptoms such as Irritability, senselessness, emptiness and depression. One is often unfocused, cannot motivate oneself - and nothing gets done, even though one has so little to do anyway. ”With a real boreout, as with burnout, you should definitely seek professional treatment, advises the psychologist . On the other hand, you can do something yourself against boredom and insufficient demands.

Job enlargement and enrichment against insufficient demands in the job

The boredom comes from the fact that either my job no longer corresponds to my abilities, so I could do more. Or I just have too little to do. "There are two ways to counteract this: Job Enlargement and Job Enrichment“, Explains Christa Schirl. Job enlargement means one further task which corresponds roughly to the same level of difficulty as the other activities. Christa Schirl explains very boldly: "If I've only baked rolls up to now and I'm already making them perfectly under the time limit, then the poppy-seed cakes are next."

Job enrichment, on the other hand, means that Develop skills within the field of activity, so to increase the level of difficulty. "If I have learned bookkeeping, for example, and can do it very well, then the next thing I will learn is payroll and then maybe the balance sheet."

Enough to do and still bored

Not being bored is not the same as having an empty desk. The Underchallenge in the job can various causes just to name a few examples:

  • Because the Department restructured and according to my new job description I suddenly don't have enough to do or because a line of business has collapsed.
  • There are employees who are deliberately placed in positions where they have nothing to do. These employees are deliberately “starved” until they say goodbye by themselves.
  • Some people just need always something new in your life. you are typical project peoplewho quickly get bored with routine work.
  • It can also be that the task just doesn't suit me anymore. people change: “What worked ten years ago may not be right for me today. I think you have to work with yourself ruthless be. Boredom doesn't always mean having nothing to do, the team or the tasks may have become too boring for me, ”explains Christa Schirl.

Silence for fear of termination

Not much to do at work, just that Time to sit down and not having any stress sounds tempting to some, but there is a catch, according to Schirl: “We also want to get through our work realize and create meaning. We give part of ours for our job Lifetime. And when we give life to something that nobody wants, it is immensely frustrating. It's like opening a restaurant and nobody goes: I have something on offer but nobody is interested in it. The hurts - also unconsciously. We all have lifetimes that are ending and that don't want to be wasted. "

"We all have a lifetime that is ending and it doesn't want to be wasted."

Having nothing to do doesn't necessarily mean “no stress” - because it's over Fear of losing a job nobody likes to admit that they are actually underemployed. That leads to mental stress. Schirl: “Always pretending to have something to do, even though you are under-challenged, is very much burdensome. You then constantly play something for the others. ”As understandable as it is that someone does not like to admit that they are underemployed, it is just as important to take action against it.

Get out of the victim role! Ways out of underchallenge

The first step is to think about what you want initiate or tackle independently could: work something ahead, support colleagues or get a new project on track. Perhaps you are one of those people who see work for yourself and quickly find something to do. Use this gift. However, it is of course not useful - and certainly not fulfilling - to write concepts just for the drawer or to clean up the office for the fifth time a week.

In the second step you have to be your manager convey that you still have resources free. It depends on the Choice of words at. Avoid: I'm so bored at work. It is better if you say: I still have free capacities and would like to take on new tasks. You are also welcome to combine this with an offer of help on your part: “If there is a need, I will be happy to help. I still have resources. "With a bit of luck, you might even get the chance new projects, professional fields or even departments get to know each other - that can be the first step towards professional development.

Seek the conversation

It is important that you do that yourself Conversation seeks and discusses with the HR department or manager: What can i do? Where could I develop into? "This can be necessary several times because managers may not immediately recognize the seriousness of the situation," explains Schirl and emphasizes: "The step out of the Victim role also requires exact Look: Is my boredom limited in time because the season brings it with it? What exactly is challenging me? Is it the job itself, is it the customers? What kind of challenge do I need? And also: What is my free time like? What's going on privately?“Because you can get bored at work to a certain extent with one fulfilled private life compensate - but not permanently. "A work-life balance requires positive experiences and satisfaction on both sides," says Schirl.

Take advantage of boredom or too little challenge

Christa Schirl emphasizes: “Every crisis is also an opportunity. Given the boredom at work, I can ask myself the following questions: What would make me really happy? What else would appeal to me professionally? " It is important that you also speak to the manager yourself Possibilities for change offers: reduce hours, take educational leave or Advanced training visit. “It's not enough to say: I'm bored, boss, please deliver! But you have to think for yourself: What could I still do or instead, who could take over my tasks ... The important thing is always that too Benefits for the company to consider and emphasize. "

"Always consider the benefits for the company!"

Despite everything Persuasion are a further development or a Switching is not always possible. Christa Schirl shows something for this understanding: "Managers often refuse to do this, simply because they believe: Never change a winning team. Sometimes the supervisor sees them need neither for change, or it is actually not given. That is understandable, but if no change or further development is really possible, then as an employee you have to final consequences move and change jobs. "

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