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The psychology of boredom and what predicts it

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Keywords: boredom, boring, emotion, psychology, attention, meaning, motivation, organisational development, workplace boredom

We have probably all had boring jobs and been bored at work or at other places and times at some point in our lives. What is boredom and how does it work?

The psychology of boredom is anything but boring. Whilst not part of the mainstream organisational or psychological research, understanding boredom, particularly in the workplace, is useful. A number of recent studies have found that boredom in the workplace leads to lower levels of productivity, engagement and higher turnover intentions and is seen as a significant predictor of mistakes and accidents.

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