Workers admit to being bored an average of 10.5 hours a week
- According to a survey from OfficeTeam, professionals admit they're bored at work for about 10.5 hours a week. The Robert Half company polled 380 U.S. workers and 300 senior managers for the survey. The weekly hours amount to more than a full day a week and about 68 days a year.
- When asked what they do when bored, survey respondents said they check their email, browse the internet, go on social media and chat with coworkers. Bored workers also get a little creative when bored with coworkers: they'll shoot rubber bands with coworkers, learn another language, solve crossword puzzles, pay bills, make videos and play ping pong.
- OfficeTeam also found that those from 18 to 34 are bored the most per week. Around 28% of senior managers think employees are bored because they don't feel challenged by their work.
Employers know that workers aren't performing their jobs 100% of the time they're at work, but they have to ask how many hours of bored activity are disrupting productivity.
Bored workers might just need a challenging assignment or more responsibility. While you likely can't erase all boredom, HR can ameliorate some of this by recruiting employees more likely to be self-starters, willing to look for projects when their own responsibilities may be complete for the day.
But being bored is different from being unhappy. HR may need to have a more serious talk with truly disatisfied workers to ensure they haven't somehow fallen through the cracks and that all processes are working as they should.