Workplace Boredom: How Understanding Your DISCflex™ Style Can Help You Stay Motivated

Recent articles and studies have shown that boredom is quickly becoming the “new stress” in the workplace. Studies are indicating that boredom in the workplace is not only affecting employees with menial jobs, but high-performing employees as well. These same studies are showing that it’s becoming rapidly more common nowadays for people to abandon higher paying jobs for ones that leave them feeling more fulfilled, even if the pay is less. So the question is, does your behavioral style have an affect on your level of workplace boredom, and if so, what can you do to stay focused?

Listed below are a few examples of how different DISCflex™ styles get bored at work and ways to nip those issues in the bud.

Elevated D:

Problem: Working in a slow paced environment, where strict adherence to rules and regulations is a must.

Solution: Utilize your need to reach end goals by setting small goals throughout your day. You can set smaller, short term goals daily by shifting your focus from getting a task done quickly, to doing it accurately. Challenge yourself to produce the best possible work you can each day and by doing so, you can work to gain recognition and ultimately more responsibility in your organization.

Elevated I:

Problem: You’re the biggest people person you know, and that’s great! Issues arise though when you are by yourself and away from your team.

Solution: Instead of letting your performance suffer, try some new ways of keeping your focus! Sayings of Positive reinforcement on Post-It Notes or the Sticky-Notes application on many computers nowadays are great ways to remind yourself to stay on track and make fewer visits to the break room or your favorite social media outlet. Keep your goals in front of you and you won’t fall behind.

Elevated S:

Problem: Where most people find busy work and other mundane task to be painful, you find a sense of calm and a purpose; however, when things slow down and you find yourself with a little extra free time, it is not unusual for you to grow restless and frustrated.

Solution: Instead of focusing on the things that you have already accomplished and the emptiness of having free time, take some initiative! Don’t wait for a supervisor or a manager to give your direction; going out and finding something relevant to do that could benefit your team or organization will clear up and free time and might even reflect positively to leaders. You can also always ask for a new assignment before one is given.

Elevated C:

Problem: You may find it difficult to be bored at work but when things come to a standstill, boredom finds a way to creep in.

Solution: Look for areas in which you can help your colleagues. Your organizational skills and innate rational approach can be a big help in any project. You can also simply ask for a new task and begin right away.

The DISCflex™ Team


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