On average, managers recognise that their employees are spending nearly 14% of their week bored at work, according to research from leading recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK. For an average full-time employee working an 7.5-hour day, this is equivalent to 5.3 hours a week.

Employees in London and the South East are the most bored, with managers anticipating that staff spend over six (6.4) hours a week uninterested in their jobs. This is closely followed by the South West and Wales who are estimated to spend 6 hours a week bored at work. Employees in Scotland are seen as less likely to be bored, with managers claiming that the workforce spends just shy of four uninterested hours at work.

For large companies with more than 500 employees, the amount of time that employees spend bored at work jumps to 7.1 hours (19%), the equivalent of nearly a full working day. In comparison, employees in medium-sized organisations with 250-499 employees are estimated to spend just over half that amount of time (3.8 hours a week) uninterested in their work.

Managers highlighted the reasons that employees are most likely to be bored during the course of the week. Over a third (35%) of managers confessed that work was not interesting enough, that staff don’t feel challenged (32%) and that there is a lack of diversity on offer within the role (30%). Inefficient internal processes could also be to blame: one in three (30%) said that there are too many meetings that are poorly executed.

“With the current skills shortage, managers need to focus efforts on keeping the role interesting to boost employee engagement and ultimately support higher retention” commented Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK. “To ensure employees perform to the best of their ability and remain interested in their jobs, employers need to introduce greater variety by giving workers the opportunity to develop new skills or take on additional responsibilities. It’s important to remember that employees who are more interested in their jobs are likely to make a greater contribution to the organisation and contribute to long-term success.”

Sheridan adds, “In an economy where small and medium-sized firms account for 99.9% of all private sector business, this bodes well for professionals looking to find interesting and meaningful work. These businesses often have a greater opportunity to offer more varied roles, greater involvement in the business strategy and added scope for innovation.”