Fr-SYM-1210-2 - Are You Bored At Work? The Moderating Role Of Mindfulness Between Daily Hassles And Well0Being In Bored Jobs

1 hour 30 minutes
Positive organizational behaviour
Are you bored at work? The moderating role of mindfulness between daily hassles and well-being in bored jobs
A. Junça Silva*, A. Caetano 1, R. Rueff Lopes 2
1Business Research Unit (BRU - IUL), ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisboa, Portugal, 2Business School, ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
Main Abstract Content: Purpose: Work-related boredom is characterized by a lack of interest and difficulty concentrating. It can be defined as a negative and deactivated emotion. Research on work-related boredom has generally shown that its causes relate to characteristics of both the individual and the work experiences. Despite is importance, empirical studies exploring which work-related daily events are more likely to induce boredom, are scarce. Thus, we aim to explore the relationship between work-related daily events and boredom at work. We propose a model suggesting that work-related daily events induce immediate feelings of boredom, and that such bored feelings leads to lesser well-being. We further posed that mindfulness can mitigate work-related boredom and its negative outcomes.
Design: A diary study with workers from jobs characterized as boredom ones.
Results: Results support our model and suggest that diverse work-related daily events increase the likelihood to experience boredom at work. Plus, mindfulness buffers the negative effects that boredom has on employees well-being.
Limitations: The cross-sectional nature of the study, as well as, the self-reported nature of the data limits the generalization of our results.
Practical Implications: This study extends previous findings on boredom at work and its consequences for employees well-being. Results also evidence the relevant role that mindfulness practices may have to mitigate the negative effects of boredom in the workplace.
Originality: This is the first diary study, conducted with employees in jobs characterized to be “bored”, and establishes a link between specific work-related daily events to feelings of boredom. Moreover, extends knowledge on strategies to buffer the negative effects of being bored at work on employees well-being.  

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