Boredom at work: What, why, and what then?

Cynthia D Fisher

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The emotion of state boredom is experienced by nearly everyone from time to time. The workplace may predispose to episodes of boredom when autonomy is low, tasks lack personal meaning or are too simple or too complex, and performers find that attention is effortful or their minds wander. Bored individuals attempt to down-regulate their negative emotional state in a variety of ways, some of which are helpful and others harmful to themselves and/or the organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial functions of emotion and talking about emotion at work
EditorsD. Lindebaum, D. Geddes, P. J. Jordan
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781786434883
ISBN (Print)9781786434876
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018


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