If you make the experience more intense, it seems exciting. That simple trick was applied when restaurants used to serve their coffee super hot so no one would notice how bad it tasted. A simple way to make any activity more intense, or less boring, is to do it quickly.
This principle applies to work and it is relevant to boredom at work. Given that the workplace is where the most people encounter the most boredom, it relates to the overall problem of boredom in our lives.
In most work settings, there are two kinds of people, those who are strongly motivated and accomplish much and those who are bored and accomplish little. There are several different ways of motivating employees, and dispelling their boredom. One is to convince them that they are partial owners of the business who have a stake in how well it does.
Astonishingly, most large employers ignore this opportunity for motivating their staff in the short-term interest of cutting costs. Even more remarkable, many employers are so disorganized that they waste their employees’ time by giving them insufficient work to do that may be the single biggest cause of boredom on the job.
Even when work is plentiful, there is the one group who work hard and accomplish most of it and the others who are perennial slackers and perpetually disgruntled, and bored. This raises another amazing failure of employers to encourage workers and discourage slackers.