If you find yourself getting bored at work, you’re not alone. According to a 2021 article published in the online magazine Human Resources Director, two in three professionals in Singapore feel like they’re in a loop. About 71 % of employees in the country have expressed being tired of the mundane tasks that they have to do every day.

The lack of engagement with work has significant negative impacts on workers. The consequences of chronic boredom among employees can lead to high levels of stress, poor perception of personal health, and an increased likelihood of turnover and early retirement. It also brings down the overall productivity of their respective companies. 

Clearly, chronic boredom is not the ideal state to be in while you’re on the clock. To reinvigorate your passion for your job, however, it’s a must to identify the possible reasons why your job doesn’t interest you as much anymore. Perhaps one or more of these reasons are contributing to your lack of engagement in what you do every day, and if so, here’s what you can do: 

You’re No Longer Learning New Things

One of the reasons you’re probably bored with your job is that you’ve learned all you need to learn about your work. Perhaps you’ve picked up all the necessary skills to do your job adequately, and your everyday activities in the workplace no longer pose any new challenges for you.

Or maybe your work does not offer you any real room for growth, and opportunities to pick up new skills that you can use to improve your performance and productivity are few and far in between. This can make you feel like you’re stuck in a loop and diminish your interest in your work over time. 

In this case, learning new things that are related to the work that you do can reinvigorate your passion for your job. If you live in Singapore, you can take the initiative and sign up for Skills Future courses that are related to your profession and use what you’ve learned to take your productivity to the next level.

Working on a new skill will help you feel more engaged with your everyday activities, as you’ll want to see your skills leveling up, applied in the workplace, and making a direct impact on your performance. It’s also an option to talk to your management and see if they can invest in upskilling employees and enrolling them in courses that can benefit the company. 

You Have Too Much or Too Little Work to Do

Having too much or too little work can also be a contributor to chronic feelings of boredom in the workplace. If you have too little to do, then you might not feel challenged enough to devote a lot of your time, energy, and attention to your tasks.

If you have too much on your plate that you have a hard time completing your everyday tasks, on the other hand, then you are more prone to getting burnt out. Perhaps, you feel that no matter how much effort you put into your work, you’ll still end up falling short of your professional expectations, so you find yourself less engaged with your tasks.

Finding the perfect balance between your capabilities and the tasks assigned to you is key to renewing your interest in your job. To do this, though, you need to speak up and seek the assistance of your managers.

Perhaps, you can negotiate your work responsibilities so that you feel challenged but not burnt out while fulfilling your role in the company. It can take a bit of time and adjustment to find the perfect balance of responsibilities, but it’s not impossible if you and your management are willing to work toward the same goal. 

Your Skills Are Not Being Used Properly

It’s also possible that your responsibilities at work are not aligned with the skills and experiences that you are bringing to the table. This can also be a significant contributor to your lack of interest in your work. If you spend most of your day doing mundane tasks like filing documents, sending emails, following up on people, or attending meetings that do not contribute to getting your tasks done, then it’s possible to feel disinterested and unengaged at work. 

In this case, the application of digital technologies can be of great assistance to you. Maybe it’s an option to automate some of the most repetitive tasks in your workplace. Instead of hounding people for meetings or asking individuals for updates, you can plot these out in your calendar so that everyone on the team can stay on the same page. Automation not only benefits you and gives you time and energy to focus on activities that require your skills and experiences, but it can also improve company productivity in the long run. 

If it seems like you’re caught in a loop at work, check if the above-mentioned factors contribute to your feelings and bring them up with your supervisor or with the management. Addressing chronic boredom in the workplace is a task that employees and the management should work on together, as keeping work engaging and challenging for employees benefits the company as a whole.