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Does Your Work Bore You? (Top Ten Boring Jobs)

Last year I wrote an article on how working in insurance wasn't as dull as some might think. This year I thought we'd go deeper into the topic of jobs and careers that are apparently now considered mind-numbing and which countries workforces find their daily grind the most tedious.

Employment specialists Emolument ran a survey which asked 1300 professionals from 14 different sectors around the world to determine some of the results.

Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com said, “Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep millennials engaged. Especially in traditional industries such as accounting and legal jobs which can be perceived as dull. While employers attempt to give young employees the satisfaction of making an impact in their work life to prevent them from moving on too swiftly."

“Without an inspirational leadership figure or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in.”

The apparent top ten are:-

  1. Legal Profession - 81% vs 19% found jobs dull. Employees stuck in case researching seems to be the attributing factor here.
  2. Project Management - 78% vs 22% there doesn't seem to be a contributing factor to this, but project management covers such a vast area I can't see it being boring.
  3. Support Functions - 71% vs 29% There is no one reason why support roles seem to be considered dull.
  4. Finance Control - 68% vs 32% managing your money can cause groans imagine how hard it is taking care of someone else's.
  5. Consulting and Accounting - 67% vs 33% I've done my fair share of consulting, and sometimes it can be very tedious especially when your advice goes unheeded.
  6. Financial Services and Banking - 67% vs 33% I don't understand this one as it was my opinion this was not only interesting but in some areas fascinating work.
  7. Engineering - 64% vs 36% again there is not much information on why people consider this an uninteresting career, perhaps these studies when produced should dig a little deeper.
  8. Sales - 61% vs 39% it can be quite repetitive, and after the initial buzz of making a deal, it's same old, same old.
  9. Marketing and Communications - 60% vs 40% this is the area I work in quite a lot and to be honest I don't see it.
  10. IT - 56% vs 44% yes IT can be not only dull but often the misconception of others thinking your job is setting up email accounts can be frustrating.

At least if you're in the UK, it is the third least boring country to work in, and residents of Switzerland seem to be the best off and have the most engaged workforce.

The country that came out as having the least engaged workforce was the United Arab Emirates.

I think the survey overall was very shallow and didn't dig deep enough. With only 14 professions taken into consideration and only 1300 people surveyed it doesn't give enough data to be considered even mildly accurate in my humble opinion.

I think over the coming year I shall look into this more closely and perhaps we can come up with more insight. If you work in one of the professions above, please let us know your thoughts.

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