Why are we becoming a nation of weary workers? The 2016 Udemy Workplace Boredom Study identified a number of reasons, including limited options for skill-set expansion, mindless work, a lack of work, too much work, and distracting social media.
When day-to-day tasks are monotonous, it's easy to stagnate. Stagnant employees move restlessly through their days, checking boxes. Their dissatisfaction limits innovation and, in turn, the company’s forward momentum. Going on autopilot can sometimes be a lifesaver, but over time, robot mode stops feeling like a stress-free luxury and becomes an obstacle to progress.
Younger employees are especially susceptible to this problem: Millennials, who will represent one-third of the American population by 2020 and three-quarters of the country’s workforce by 2025, are two times more likely to be bored at work than their Boomer counterparts, according to Udemy’s study.
There’s no quick fix, but you can combat apathy by regularly challenging your team in positive, proactive ways.
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