Boreout works like this: a boss re-fuses to delegate work, frustrated underlings ask for more to do but are trusted only with mind-numbing tasks. After a while they stop asking and enjoy the free time at their desk, stretching out the low-intensity tasks with a series of strategems.
But mimicking work day after day erodes self-esteem. Result: the boss hurtles towards burnout while at least some of his staff edge towards boreout. The symptoms are almost identical.
—Roger Boyes, "Forget burnout, now it's boreout," The Times (London), September 15, 2007
Their book, "Boreout: Overcoming Workplace Demotivation," was a bestseller in Europe last year and will appear in the U.S. in September. In it, Rothlin and Werder write about people who have too little work or lack stimulation from their jobs. Yet, instead of rejoicing at the abundance of free time, they said, bored workers grow disinterested, exhausted and even depressed.
"One might easily call them lazy," explained Rothlin, "but that's not true. People suffering from boreout want to do something. They want to work, but their company won't let them."
—"So bored it hurts," Chicago Tribune, April 30, 2008
—Julie Bertagna, "Learn how to work under pressure," The Herald, April 11, 1995
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