Boredom is an experience many people avoid. This clinician researched “doing, being and boredom” in 1,500 young subjects. His summary: they were bored 42% of the time with only 10% of their time being spent doing ‘productive’ work.
The difference appeared to be how the recipients used their time:
- passive leisure
- education, and
- labor force.
In the Lego Movie the characters created an activity because they became bored in their relationships. Angry Dad hated his son’s creativity. It interred with Dad’s idea of play. At the end of the movie Dad identified his idea of being playful was a still scene of perfection. The son’s idea of play was doing play. Once Dad understood the difference between their play perspectives his compassion moved them from a relationship that idolized boredom to one that appreciated doing and being creative play.
Creativity engages doing play and being open to learning, caring, and alternative work behaviors.
Questions to Ask:
- How often is play incorporated into work performance?
- What leisure activities anchor comfort-seeking?
- When the potential of creative problem-solving is exposed what behaviors or feelings emerge?
Active listening postures an ability to engage with who and what is currently happening. By observing peer, task and surrounding details the awkwardness in a situation may mature into opportunities of ‘doing’ and ‘being’. The alternative is becoming bored because of an avoidance posture.
Performance outcomes improve when boredom is identified. Schedule time with our performance and design coaches to identify where and when boredom is striking in the workplace.