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Discussion Paper

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Cynthia D. Fisher (1991) Boredom at Work: A Neglected Concept

School of Business Discussion Paper ; No. 19, Dec. 1991

© Copyright Cynthia D. Fisher and the School of Business, Bond University


Nearly everyone experiences episodes of boredom at work from time to time, regardless of the nature of their job. Previous research on vigilance and 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. Likely consequences of boredom are considered, and research needs and implications are discussed.