March 10, 2010

Boring Job Who would want to have a boring job? It’s … um, boring, but not only. Martin Shipley and Annie Britton, the specialists of University College London, are convinced that those people who have boring job are under much higher risks of depressions and psychological disorders, drinking, smoking, drug abuse, as well as developing cardio-vascular problems and even suffering premature death.

Boring Job This study started in 1985 and for three years about 7,500 British people (mostly civil servants) were questioned about their work and possible work boredom. Years later, in 2009, Brittin and Shipley checked out current situation of all the participants. It turned out that those officials who reported about being bored at work were 2,5 times more likely to die of a cardio-vascular disease than those people who reported feeling challenged and motivated with their job. The specialists tried to adjust the other potential risk factors, like unhealthy eating habits, etc. After that, the effect was reduced, but it was still significant.

Actually, there’s nothing strange in the fact that boring job is linked to depressions and other negative consequences. Dr. C. Cannon, Professor of medicine and spokesman for the American College of Cardiology comments on these finding as the following: “Someone who is bored may not be motivated to eat well, exercise, and have a heart-healthy lifestyle. That may make them more likely to have a cardiovascular event“. Therefore, if your job is too monotonous and boring, maybe it is time to change it? Read more reviews and comments on this interesting study in the coming issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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