TH-P01-108 - Bored at work…What can I do? Exploring job boredom and employees´ activities

Work attitudes and values
Poster Presentation
3 hours 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Emotion in the workplace
Work attitudes and values
Bored at work…What can I do? Exploring job boredom and employees´ activities
I. Sánchez-Cardona 1,*, R. Rodríguez-Montalbán 2, M. Vera  3, M. Martínez-Lugo 1
1Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, United States, 3Universidad Especialidades Espíritu Santo, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Content: Job boredom in an unpleasant state derived from under stimulated context (e.g., routine and low autonomy). Since it is an unpleasant and unsatisfactory state, bore individuals tend to seek and engage in more satisfying activity. This study aims to explore the mediation role of job boredom between routine and autonomy and employees´ personal (i.e., doing personal stuff during work hours) and extra role activities (i.e., helping co-workers).
We conducted a cross-sectional study with workers from different organizations in Puerto Rico (n= 368; 61% women). We used partial least squares structural equation model with WarpPLS to test the mediation role of job boredom between job characteristics (routine and autonomy) and employees´ activities.
Result of the mediation model shows that routine (ß= .29, p<.01, ƒ2= .12, IC 95% [.05, .20]) and autonomy (ß= -.38, p<.01, ƒ2= .20, IC 95% [.11, .30]) significantly predicts job boredom, explaining 28% of the variance. Job boredom significantly predicts employees´ personal activities (ß= .48, p<.01, ƒ2= .29, IC 95% [.18, .43]) and extra role activities (ß= .63, p<.01, ƒ2=.61, IC 95% [.43,  .84]). Indirect effect of routine and autonomy on personal and extra role activities through job boredom were statistical significant. Job boredom explains 23% of the variance of personal activities and 39% of the extra role activities.
This is a cross-sectional study with a convenience sample. 
When people experience more boredom, they tend to perform other activities.
This study contributes to research on boredom providing understanding of the experience itself and its positive and negative consequences.  


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