Unlike burnout syndrome, when a person suffers from overworking, boreout syndrome is caused by a certain apathy or boredom at work. The nomenclature of the syndrome appeared in 2007 and comes from the word “boring” in English, which means boredom. The employee lacks motivation to work, which can affect their quality of life.
For Luciene Bandeira, organizational psychologist and partner at the company Psicologia Viva, the syndrome arises when “a person does not see a purpose in her daily activities or she is less demanded than she can. Imagine a person who has eight hours to finish an activity and finishes in two hours, for example”.
+ Antibodies generated by CoronaVac fall after 6 months, booster dose helps, study shows
+ Mixed dose of AstraZeneca and Pfizer boosts Covid-19 antibody levels, study says
In general, the person with Boreout feels stress, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and may develop characteristics of anxiety and depression.
“The person does not feel valued and motivated. She becomes unwilling to pursue challenges in the company. Many times, she doesn’t even want to be recognized anymore”, explains Letícia Goulart, organizational psychologist and director of Síntese, a psychology company.
In which companies is Boreout most common?
Boreout can hide in the difference between organizational policy and practice. “This lack of motivation can come from the non-assertive relationship of companies, which have missions, visions, management beliefs, values that they themselves do not follow in practice,” says Goulart. And he adds: “when the employee is recruited, he thinks it will be one way and when he is faced with the job, it is something completely different, especially in multinationals”.
Companies with very bureaucratic systems, little autonomy, and vertical hierarchy are prone to the syndrome. “There are companies, for example, that have a management belief or a value that people can talk to. But within a sector there is a boss who doesn’t know how to dialogue”, adds Goulart.
“Another common characteristic are people who work in bad, toxic environments, or where there is no room for suggestions or creativity. This demotivates the person”, argues Bandeira.
How to exit Boreout?
The specialists point out that the employee can carry out projects outside the company to meet this need. Another tip for leaving Boreout is the dialogue with other employees who are open to new thoughts, with HR, or with an area manager.
On the companies’ side, they must open up space for feedback, propose new activities, create innovation projects and let people participate.
+ Learn about the effectiveness of each vaccine against Covid-19