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The Bore-Out: Exhaustion Through Boredom

Bore-out, not to be confused with burn-out, is starting to spread. It is a psychosocial risk defined by burnout by boredom (unlike burnout caused by overwork). What are its causes ? And how to get out of it?

According to a 2011 article, published in the International Journal of Psychology and Management of Organizational Behavior, 30% of Western employees are affected. This is a risk that is difficult for others to understand. Boredom is permanent, everyday and doesn’t just happen during periods of slack activity.


  • Uninteresting tasks
  • Quantity of work available too low
  • Lack of interest in the job
  • Overqualification
  • Shelving
  • Activity requiring little action, reflection
  • Professional downgrading


  • Simulate a busy or normal activity in order to hide the problem and not lose your job
  • Appear to be stressed, overwhelmed so as not to get an extra boring task
  • Pretend to be professionally involved by staying at his post, even outside working hours (impression of continuous work by having lunch at their desk for example)


For the employee:

  • Tired
  • Demotivation
  • Feeling of shame
  • Sleeping troubles
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Increased risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease

For the employer:

  • Financial charge
  • More frequent sick leave
  • Low loyalty to the company

Who is concerned ?

Anyone can be affected. However, it seems that the civil service and the tertiary sector are the most affected.


    • If only one employee is affected: Request an interview with his superior to indicate his desire for investment, show his real motivation. The distribution of tasks and the assigned missions will surely be studied.
  • Consult your personal training account to try to obtain training or professional development, or retraining.

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What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Corporate Nursery?

Setting up a company nursery is beneficial for both employees and the company.

For employees

For parents and employees, the company nursery has several interests:

  • Travel time from home to work unchanged (saving time)
  • Crèche hours adapted to employee schedules
  • Obtaining a place for the child made easier
  • Less stress
  • No problem with the type of childcare
  • More simplified return from maternity / parental leave
  • Less worry of knowing the child nearby
  • CAF help
  • Tax reduction
  • Price equivalent to a municipal crèche
  • Better work-life balance
  • Possibility for mothers to continue breastfeeding

For the company

Companies setting up a company crèche can be helped financially and fiscally: family tax credit , deductibility of charges (therefore lower taxes), single service provision , help from the General Council, CAF, etc.). The other advantages for companies are as follows:

  • Increased productivity
  • More invested and efficient employees
  • Employee loyalty
  • Reduced delays
  • Less extended parental leave
  • Reduction of absenteeism
  • Reduction in turnover
  • More attractive company
  • Image of the valued company

Disadvantages for parents

Although the corporate nursery has many positive sides, as parents, you should think about the following:

    • Professional life closer to family life (is seeing your employer or a colleague in a place that concerns your personal life disturbing?)
  • Proximity with the child which is reassuring but not necessarily favorable (risk of becoming too close)