Are You Getting Bored at Work?

Posted by Nicole Williams on 06 March 2017


A new study has ranked the most boring jobs in the world, and you’d be surprised by the results. According to the salary benchmarking website Emolument.com, 80% of those in legal jobs said they were bored at work, with the repetitiveness of ‘dull daily tasks’ including researching court cases mostly likely to blame.

Project management was ranked as the second most dull profession, with 78% of employees in this sector saying they were bored, whilst support functions workers came in third, with a 71% boredom rating.

The financial services industry also fared poorly, as 68% of those said they were bored in the office, and 67% of consultants and accounts followed this.

Alice Leguay, co-founder and chief operating officer at Emolument, said: “Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep millennials engaged, especially in traditional industries such as accounting and legal jobs, which can be perceived as dull while employers attempt to give young employees the satisfaction of making an impact in their work life in order to prevent them from moving on too swiftly.”

She added: “Without an inspirational leadership figure, or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in. Surprisingly, according to our figures, CEOs struggle to enthuse their teams, having fallen prey to boredom themselves, probably due to being tangled in administrative and managerial processes with frustrate their desire to implement a vision and lead their business.”

Other industries which were surveyed included engineers, at 64%, sales representatives at 61% and marketing and communications workers at 60%.

Emolument’s research found there was little difference in boredom levels when it comes to seniority within a business – 66 per cent of entry-levels workers said they were bored in their roles, compared to 65 per cent of chief executives.