Title

Boredom at work: A neglected concept

Date of this Version

3-1-1993

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Fisher, C.D. (1993). Boredom at work: A neglected concept. Human Relations, 46(3), 395-417

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© Copyright Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, 1993

ISSN

1741-282X

Abstract

Nearly everyone experiences episodes of boredom at work from time to time, regardless of the nature of their job. Previous research on industrial monotony is unable to explain boredom on any but the simplest of tasks. A broader view of the causes of boredom, including attributes of the task, environment, person, and person-environment fit, is proposed. Individual choices of response to feelings of boredom are also considered, and a number of research propositions are suggested.

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