Salary benchmarking site Emolument.com asked 1,300 professionals the question on everyone’s lips – are you bored at work?
Despite good career prospects and salaries, results show that law professionals suffer from the most boredom with 8 out of 10 employees saying they are bored at work, followed by project managers – 78% of which cite boredom in their profession.
Research and Development had the best boredom ratio of the study with less than half describing their job as boring. Education split the crowd with 50% citing boredom – IT and Marketing both had under 60% of boredom.
Around 64% of Briton’s say that they’re bored at work, but we’re by no means the most bored. Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Ireland, USA, Italy and UAE all beat the UK in the boredom stakes, with a massive 83% of UAE workers claiming boredom at work.
Interestingly, the seniority of employees didn’t seem to matter in certain professions, CEOs are just as bored as junior employees, or even pass their boredom on to junior staff!
|Consulting & Accounting||67%||33%|
|Financial Services & Banking||67%||33%|
|Marketing & Communications||60%||40%|
|Research & Development||45%||55%|
|CEO, CTO, CFO||65%||35%|
Boredom by Country
Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com said: ‘Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep millennials engaged, especially in traditional industries such as accounting and legal jobs which can be perceived as dull while employers attempt to give young employees the satisfaction of making an impact in their work life in order to prevent them from moving on too swiftly. Without an inspirational leadership figure, or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in. Surprisingly, according to our figures, CEOs struggle to enthuse their teams, having fallen prey to boredom themselves, probably due to being tangled in administrative and managerial processes with frustrate their desire to implement a vision and lead their business.’