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Young Women Are the Most Bored at Work. Here’s What We Can Do About it (Part 2)


bored-at-workHallie was honored to be featured in a recent article about how to avoid being bored at work.

As a follow up to this article, we wanted to share some additional tips with you.

Many women feel bored at work, and there could be several reasons for this. Their job may not be meeting their career values and therefore they’re not motivated inherently by their work. Others may not feel like they’re making a difference- or the difference they want to be making. Others may not be fully aware of the skills they want to use and develop, and their jobs are not leveraging those skills so they don’t feel they are growing professionally. Sometimes women, more than men, don’t know what their career goals are or lack career direction because in some cases they may not have been encouraged early on to consider what they wanted to do professionally, so they may not be in the right career fit, or bored because they lack focus and an agenda for what they want to achieve.

Here are three things you can do to avoid feeling bored at work:

1. Identify your values. When women identify and align their career with their career values, they will have more career direction, a better sense of their identity professionally, and understand what their career goals need to be. Having a job aligned with your values gives you a sense of reward and fulfillment that goes beyond any day to day frustrations or boredom you might have at work.
2. Get inspired by other’s creativity. Look at posts from other women who inspire you, whether this be a life story or a DIY project on Pinterest to get new creative ideas on how to approach your tasks at work. Identify women you admire whose qualities you want to adopt or emulate, and whose career gives you a sense of what you’d like to aspire to.
3. Spend time with positive colleagues. Spend more time with people at work you admire, who are doing new things, are creative and inspiring. Use your time with them to come up with new ways to approach your tasks at work. Take time each week to have lunch with a friend outside of work as well. Make sure you have a blend of time inside and outside the office to mix things up, beat boredom, and come back to the office re-energized.

Finally, find another job. If you find that your job doesn’t fulfill any of your work values and nothing takes away your boredom after 4-6 months, it may be time to find another job.