Boreout costs money
"If an employee suffers from monotony, he even tries to conceal this from his employer or distract from it, then that is money thrown out, " says Renate Rau, Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology in Marburg. And that costs money: The overall economic damage in Germany is said to amount to over 250 billion euros, an estimate that Philippe Rothlin and Peter R. Werder derive from regular Gallup studies, which put them in Diagnose Boreout .
For the two Swiss management consultants, Boreout is mainly found in office jobs - a phenomenon of the entire service society. In many office jobs one can control his work effort, also thanks to the digitization of the offices. "We assume that at least 15 percent of service workers are affected by boron outbreaks." explains Rothlin.
Some typical strategies for pretending full utilization, which presumably everyone has experienced before or even used personally, mark Boreout. Rothlin and Werden are first called the "document strategy": You surf the Internet to research private data, and suddenly the boss suddenly turns up and you quickly switch to an important document on the screen.
In the "compression strategy" you do a job as fast as possible, but pretend to be busy for days. This leaves time for privacy. Or the opposite - the "flat rolling strategy": A task is spread over several days, although it would actually be done faster.
More often, one also encounters the "pseudo-burnout strategy", in which one groans over the burden of the many jobs that do not exist in reality, but leads to the fact that not more tasks are added, especially here the burnout resembles the burnout. Concerned people are busy all day, groaning about the workload, coming to the office early and finishing last.As weird as these stratifications may sound, however serious the impact on the people who suffer from burnout - frustration, fatigue, listlessness and even depression cause that he or she can not trust himself anymore and can hardly find a way out of the situation - so they find even more strategies to work as little as possible.