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Document ID (ISN)112231
CIS number 11-0897
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bruursema K., Kessler S.R, Spector P.E.
Title Bored employees misbehaving: The relationship between boredom and counterproductive work behaviour
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2011, p.97-107. Illus. 41 ref.
Internet access Bored_employees_misbehaving.pdf [in English]
Abstract In this study, the relationships among boredom proneness, job boredom, and counterproductive work behaviour (CWB) were examined. Boredom proneness consists of several factors, which include external stimulation and internal stimulation. Given the strong relationships between both the external stimulation factor of boredom proneness and anger as well as the strong relationship between trait anger and CWB, it was hypothesized that examining boredom proneness would help to better understand why employees commit CWB. Five types of CWB have previously been described: abuse against others, production deviance, sabotage, withdrawal and theft, to which a sixth, horseplay, was added. Based on responses from 211 participants, support for the central premise was found. Indeed, both boredom proneness and job boredom showed significant relationships with various types of CWB. The boredom proneness factor also moderated the relationship between job boredom and some types of CWB, suggesting that a better understanding of boredom is imperative for designing interventions to prevent CWB.
Descriptors (primary) monotonous work; human behaviour; motivation; horseplay
Descriptors (secondary) USA; arousal; job dissatisfaction; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychology of work organization