Getting sick from boredom: Bore-out syndrome at work can make you sick

Boredom in the job: what you can do against "bore-out"

Only a few weeks ago, burnout was recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease for the first time. But being under-challenged at work can also make you sick. Experts explain what can be done against the so-called "bore-out syndrome".

Many people are bored at work

Burn-out is known to most people: stress and excessive demands at work put a strain on health. So far, only a few are aware that you can get sick if you are under-challenged. But more and more people are complaining about boredom at work. Experts call this phenomenon bore-out (derived from the English word for boredom: Boredom). It can lead to health problems and sometimes even serious illnesses. Experts explain how you can protect yourself in advance.

Persistent underchallenge can make you sick

The persistent underutilization in the workplace, which is often accompanied by a feeling of lack of appreciation or lack of interest in the job, can lead to numerous health problems.

These include depression, listlessness, chronic fatigue, sleep disorders and the inability to enjoy life.

According to health experts, physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, dizziness, headache and ringing in the ears or tinnitus are sometimes added.

Bore-out can also lead to depression.

Some people feel ashamed

The diagnosis is difficult, however, because sufferers show symptoms similar to those of a burnout.

In addition, many employees often conceal their “doing nothing” out of shame with mock overload, instead of informing their superiors about the problem.

If there is a suspicion of a so-called exhaustion depression, the general practitioner is the right person to contact, insurance experts from Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG (DVAG) explain in a message.

The doctor makes a diagnosis and supports you with further steps.

Financial situation

DVAG also explains what it looks like financially. According to the experts, in the case of sick leave, an employee continues to receive the regular salary for the first six weeks. In the case of those insured by law, the health insurance company will step in with the sickness benefit.

However, this is lower than the usual amount - usually 70 percent of gross earnings, maximum 90 percent of net salary.

If the person concerned is unable to work for a longer period of time, the occupational disability insurance applies - if available.

"The prerequisite is that due to illness or accident, at least 50 percent of the job can no longer be carried out for a minimum of six months," write the DVAG experts.

The completion of a daily sickness allowance can also help in the case of loss of earnings due to illness.

Nevertheless, people who are bored with the job for a long time should take action. "Eyes closed and through" is not a solution here, according to the experts.

How to prevent

The insurance experts at DVAG have some tips against boredom at work:

1. control: Record the daily work.

2. Talk: If necessary, have an open conversation with the boss.

3. Initiative: Search actively for new fields of activity and suggest some.

4. Creative solutions: In some cases, reducing hours can be an alternative.

5. Hobbies: Create balance, for example with sport.

6. Final consequence: Sometimes only a change of job helps. (ad)

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