Boreout is when an individual becomes disengaged due to a lack of work, challenge or stimulation. The term is typically applied to office workers who could potentially be given stimulating assignments but aren't due to failures of management and corporate culture.
Habit FormingWorkers experiencing boreout often don't step forward to complain. In many cases, they fear repercussions if they admit they haven't been working hard or challenged. Others may fear being loaded with too much work if they step forward. With time, boreout can be habbit forming and individuals may begin to actively avoid challenging assignments.
Boreout ManagersOne of the primary causes of boreout are managers who actively avoid work for their teams. Managing people who are working hard is typically time consuming. Managers may also avoid work-packages for fear of being penalized for failures such as late projects, bugs or design issues. In some organizations, it is politically safer to minimize output and avoid commitments.
ImpactTeams affected by boreout tend to be unhappy due to a generally low energy level and fear that low productivity will be discovered and punished.
Corporate CultureCorporate culture is the primary cause and solution to boreout. In many organizations, boreout is impossible as habits, norms and expectations demand energy, high commitment and regular results.
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