“Employers shouldn’t like this news at all: More than every third German millennial wants to change their employer within the next two years at the latest” (source Horizont.de ). Studies on this topic are also currently being discussed in the well-known TV stations. Depending on the study, every 3rd or 5th employee has already quit internally and would like to change soon. I found these numbers alarming and took a closer look at the background to the studies. The leading career magazines and blogs also seem to have picked up on this trend and I have noticed for some time that I find more and more articles in my newsfeeds such as: Should you quit, how do I prepare a resignation, resignation, how do I tell the boss and much more.

The diagnosis: boredom at work

The studies point to boredom at work as the cause. So there is no talk of burnout or excessive demands, but of boredom. Boredom at work can be loud Slaghuis have different reasons:

  • Permanently nothing to do
  • Monotony of activities
  • Intellectual deficiency
  • Futility of work

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[yop_poll id=”7″] Most of the studies point in the same direction. But where does this actually come from? Slaghius continues: “At first, Boreout seemed to be primarily a system problem. The public service was seen as the nucleus of job boredom. That corresponds wonderfully to the image of the lazy and slow official. It is now clear that this is no longer just a matter for authorities. Even in large corporations, there is a yawning boredom in some offices “.
The reasons given are sentences such as: “Positions have to be filled”, “The boss does it himself”, “Seasonal business”, “Overqualification”, “Little room for maneuver” and many more.

Boreout? Sweet idleness

“Bore-out arises from too few or incorrect tasks, often in administration or service jobs in which work is rationalized away or done by software. After companies are merged, tasks are no longer necessary, customers break away when there is a downturn in orders, and teams are structured too large elsewhere. It mainly affects civil servants, the financial industry, office jobs: “Bricklayers cannot pretend that they are working” (source mirror ).

How does it look in reality?

With this statement in my luggage, I set off and talked to some of my friends from consulting and contacts in corporations. It is alarming that similar statements have been made against me. Often it was too little room for maneuver in corporations or in consulting the phase in which no project was available or the project was filled with a non-“value-adding” task due to the remaining budget. Current specialists are looking for fulfilling and meaningful tasks. I admit that my survey unfolds on my circle of acquaintances and is certainly not complete. However, even this small sample shows a big wave of “boredom in the job”. Nobody wanted to talk about Boreout, however. I also think that this goes a little too far, but the common tenor is: “Work should be meaningful and exciting”.

“I can’t do anything”

Slaghuis cited many reasons for boredom at work or boreout. In my sample, however, the case was: No room for maneuver. So Slaghuis: “I can’t do anything” I hear from many corporate boredom. You have no freedom in terms of decision-making and freedom of action in the job. Every employer today wants employees who think and act independently – at least that’s what the calligraphy on the career pages says “.
However, the harsh reality is different. Employees are often “100% externally determined and trapped in work instructions, daily coordination rounds, meticulously defined processes and IT-supported, rigid work processes” (Slaghuis).


What do you think? Do these studies agree and are our jobs so boring or are these statements exaggerated and the expectations of specialists too high? Not only have I found negative examples, but I generally find such studies as a “wink with the fence post” that we should question. Since I come from consulting myself, I would also like to point out a satire article in Business Punk at the end: Because of sweet idleness, boreout in everyday working life . Here the author reports on Boreout in the case of a management consultancy. First and foremost, the column is very entertaining, but it also reflects some of the experiences of my interlocutors.
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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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