Study: Most People Are Bored Out of Their Minds at Work


Yesterday I think I heard crickets chirping here at Philly Mag HQ—that’s how dead it is around here, what with the September issue wrapped, it being the last week of August, and having Labor Day just around the corner. Thank God I have the internet to entertain me.

If you’ve been feeling a tad bored at work this week (or, you know, all the time), don’t worry: A new Gallup poll found that 70 percent of Americans are bored to tears by their jobs, so you’re totally not alone. Listen to this, from yesterday’s Philadelphia Business Journal:

Each year, America loses as much as $550 million in potential productivity due to worker disengagement. This lack of interest manifests itself in many ways, from reduced productivity, profitability, and customer ratings, to increased turnover and absenteeism, according to the Gallup study.

Well, that sounds bleak. Although I would love to encourage you to pass your precious work time by watching an amazing video of a guy dancing on an elliptical machine or reading some seriously funny Someecards about fitness, I feel it is my duty to direct you to these excellent tips from career coach Julie Cohen about how to boost productivity and get more done at work.

Or, you know, there’s always poop videos. Hey, they’re educational.

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