Bored at work – Grab a chocolate!!

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A new study suggests that around one fourth of workers in office get griped in chronic boredom. This not only has significant influence on their quality of productivity but also on their mental and physical health. Their productivity of work diminishes which might also result in workers quitting their jobs forcefully or willingly. As per a study, some British Researchers questioned 102 office workers on how they handled their boredom, if they got bored during work. Of these 102 office workers, 25% said that they frequently eat chocolate or sip coffee to cope their chronic boredom at work. The uninterested workers said that they would like to drink alcohol at the end of their working day.

It has also been found in earlier studies that “The daily consumption of dark chocolate resulted in a significant modification of the metabolism of healthy and free living human volunteers with potential long-term consequences on human health within only 2 weeks treatment,” the researchers wrote in the paper. “This was observable through the reduction of levels of stress-associated hormones and normalization of the systemic stress metabolic signatures.” This is according to researchers from the Nestle Research center in Switzerland, circa 2009.

Around 80% of 102 office workers said that chronic boredom resulted in loss of concentration and also caused them commit mistakes. Most of the workers also admitted that boredom might force them to resign from their job. Office boredom usually results due to undemanding workload, as per analysis of Dr. Sandi Mann. He suggests that the managers should discover various ways of diminishing the workplace boredom and simultaneously motivate much healthier options of coping. Other ways by which this chronic boredom can be reduced are enrichment programs and job rotations. The workers should be provided with healthier refreshments and energy drinks. This might help the workers avoid unhealthy indulgences and concentrate on their office work.

“Our findings also show that some office workers are much prone to boredom than other office workers. Managers say that they give due consideration to the tool of boredom proneness when they make selections for staff or when they make decisions about development of staff” says Dr. Sandi Mann, from the University of Central Lancashire. The findings were slated for a meeting, where these presented at Chester’s British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology.



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