The boreout is the opposite of the burnout and consists of the following elements:
  • Being understretched: This includes the feeling that you could do more than is being asked of you.
  • Boredom: entails listlessness and a condition of helplessness, because you do not know what you should be doing.
  • Disinterest: When you have no interest in what you are doing, a lack of identification with your work comes tot he fore.

One differentiation is key: boreout is not the same as lazyness. Employees who have a boreout are not lazy, but are made lazy. A person with an inner disposition to lazyness, on the other hand, does not want to work, even when he gets the possibility to do so. Who is understretched, wants to work, but does neither get the work nor the opportunities to do so.



The Boreout is paradox

The idea that it is great not to have to do anything at work (just like Homer J. Simpson) is very popular. The truth however is: Being at the workplace without having anything to do and just waiting for the leisure-time to come is truly horrible. But it’s exactly this unhappiness kept alive – paradoxically - by the worker thanks to the different boreout strategies. And the creativity of the employees to develop all kind of strategies does not know any limits.
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