Boreout Syndrome - The Total Opposite to Burnout

Boreout Syndrome - The Total Opposite to Burnout

Last update: 21 March, 2018

The working world can sometimes be quite toxic. It is true that having a job these days is a privilege, but that doesn’t mean that we are exempt from problems. There are a number of work-related conditions that can lead to depression, dissatisfaction and anxiety. One of them is Boreout Syndrome, an antagonist of Burnout Syndrome.

Burnout Syndrome is to do with overwork. We find it in workers who suffer from anxiety and emotional stress. They are subjected to tremendous mental exhaustion and this in turn produces anxiety and panic. Boreout Syndrome, as a contrast, is based on the feeling of boredom caused by the lack of expectations in the workplace. This concept emerged in 2007 from in a study written by Philippe Rothlin and Peter R Werder.

“The reward of a job well done is the opportunity to do more”

-Edward Salk-

What is Boreout Syndrome?

Boreout Syndrome is a phenomenon that, at first glance, can seem completely harmless. Having so little work or so little responsibility that we do not know what to do the rest of the time is what many people dream of. When people don’t enjoy their work, or suffer from Burnout Syndrome, they dream of having some sort of respite during the working day.

What many people don’t know is that this situation ends up negatively affecting those who experience it. The lack of objectives, disinterest and frustration soon appear, causing long-term depression, apathy and concentration problems.

Boreout syndrome in a woman

This chronic sensation arises from a lack of planning, the hoarding of the most interesting tasks by others, overqualification or limitations when trying to innovate. Many professionals don’t feel that their work is recognized or valued by their superiors. This makes the worker realize that no matter how hard he tries, nothing will actually change in his job. The workers’ lack of  training can also have an influence, and they end up feeling useless and don’t do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Jobs involving monotonous tasks also foster this type of situation, such as assembly lines. Doing the same work for hours, with hardly any variation is not only boring, but also counterproductive.

How can Boreout syndrome be prevented?

Bureout Syndrome can be prevented as long as companies take the appropriate measures. The good mental health of employees is essential for them to carry out their tasks well. Ignoring their needs, underestimating them and not paying attention to their suggestions will make the work environment worse.

There are several areas that must be given sufficient attention. Employers should focus on these areas, study them and establish solutions. This is absolutely essential in order to put an end to this psychological disorder. If the company itself decides not to intervene, then the workers themselves should seek alternatives.

Practice activities outside working hours

Everyone should learn to separate their work lives from their private lives. At the end of the day, we must disconnect and carry out activities that we like and that motivate us. Doing sports, going to the theater, doing yoga, going to the movies or meeting friends are some of the most positive options. Reading is also a very good pastime, as it allows us to switch off from reality. We are human beings, and we need enjoyment. Try to be healthy and don’t resort to harmful alternatives, such as alcohol or drugs.

Boreout syndrome in a man

Talk to a specialist

If you feel that you need help, talk to a specialist. Psychologists and psychiatrists are responsible for ensuring your mental and emotional health. They will help you find relaxation techniques, listen to your problems and help you find solutions.

You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes a few sessions a month do a lot more than we would have thought.

Make a list of objectives

Making a list with short and long-term objectives always comes in handy. Think of everything you want to achieve in a short time, and then look at your long-term goals. Reflect, make contacts and make the necessary decisions to get where you want.

Some of your goals may be impossible, but others may not be. Effort and perseverance always go hand in hand with luck. Try to be ready for when luck arrives.

Talk to your superiors

If you see that your superiors aren’t aware of the situation, consider talking with them about it. Maybe if you explain your point of view to them they will  listen to you and make changes. Try to be kind and not demanding, explaining things calmly.

If the worst comes to the worst everything will remain the same, but at least you’ll know that you have tried. It’s better than just saying and doing nothing, afraid of what your bosses might say to you. Have the courage to stand up for your rights as a worker.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.