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New Academy Of Management Research Shows Boredom Can Boost Employee Creativity, Motivation And Productivity

December 12, 2018

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Counterintuitive findings show boredom is an untapped resource for organizations

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Management (AOM), the largest global organization devoted to management and organization research, today announced the results of a new study that found boredom can drive employee engagement and other positive outcomes for organizations.

The study, "Why boredom might not be a bad thing after all," by Guihyun Park of Australian National University, Hui Si Oh of Singapore Management University and Beng-Chong Lim of Nanyang Technological University will be published in the March 2019 issue of the Academy of Management Discoveries.

The researchers found that feeling bored can push employees to be more creative. While past research has shown boredom to perpetuate negative emotions – like anger and frustration – participants in this study did not experience a significant increase in negative emotions as a result of being bored.

The study also showed that being bored significantly increased creativity in individuals with specific personality traits – including intellectual curiosity, high cognitive drive, openness to new experiences and an inclination toward learning.

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