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Engineering 'more boring than manufacturing'

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Almost half of engineers get bored at work on a regular basis, research has shown.

The survey, by job board CV Library, found that engineering was a duller profession to be part of than manufacturing or construction.

Doing the same thing every day was cited by almost one in four engineers polled as a reason for boredom, with the tediousness of routine tasks also a major factor.

Perhaps surprisingly given the infrastructure project pipeline and the skills crisis, one in five engineers responding to the survey said there was little for them to do.

More than 17% said they disliked their job.

“I find that the work is not very motivating and there is a lack of leadership and inspiration in the company,” said one engineer.

“I’m a fast worker and I work alone doing the night shift,” said another. “I often get all my work done earlier than expected leaving me about three to four hours with nothing to do.”

Marketing was the most yawn-inducing profession, according to the poll, with almost 62 per cent bored every week. Administration was second, with engineering seventh ahead of manufacturing, education and construction.

A third of engineering workers prioritise their workload when bored, according to the survey, in a bid to re-engage with the work at hand.

One in five set themselves deadlines, with a further one in seven listening to music.

CV Library founder and managing director Lee Biggins said: “Prolonged boredom in a job can lead, very quickly, to burnout, low productivity and inevitably a high turnover of staff for businesses, so it’s extremely important that each and every employee in a company feels engaged in their day-to-day work.

“It is up to employers to identify disengaged workers and find ways of reinjecting purpose and interest into their job role, or risk a high turnover of staff as a result. In some cases, it may be that workers are simply not in the correct job, and they should take these feelings of boredom as a sign that they need to start searching for a new job that they are passionate about.”

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