22nd August 2018

Cpl’s Q2 2018 Employment Monitor was released today the 22nd of August, providing insight into the outlook employees have on the current state of the Irish job market.


The report revealed that almost 70% of employees bored in their roles. Retail workers want out of sector and healthcare workers feel less supported than peers

Over 70% of the Irish workforce are bored in their jobs according to the most recent research from Cpl Resources plc.  The company’s Employment Market Monitor also found that  ¾ of those interviewed were considering a career change and didn’t believe that age was a deterrent.  This means that a large proportion of our workforce is not satisfied or productive in their roles.
“Workplace boredom is a big issue for employers since it leads to lost productivity and lost talent” said Siobhan O’Shea, Client Services Director, Cpl Resources.
“Often management don’t understand the day to day processes of their workers’ roles.  Some roles need not be mundane, but if technology isn’t being embraced, an inefficient, old-fashioned approach might be destroying or delaying staff outputs. Such staff may need assistance to find new, innovative ways to execute their roles in a fulfilling way,” she added. 
While boredom is widespread, the research indicated some sectoral differences:
More workers are satisfied in the Science & Engineering sector.  Only 2/3 (66%)  want to change careers in the future, which is less than the average of ¾ (75%).  Only 62% feel bored at work which is 5% less than the average.
Fewer workers in the healthcare sector believe their employers care about them with 15% more than the average (75% of those interviewed) stating that their employer doesn’t contribute to employee wellbeing.
Also, the boredom threshold for healthcare workers is much higher, with almost 40% never feeling bored (7% more than the average).

The perception of retail employers is worse than healthcare employers: 85% of retail employees state that their employer doesn’t contribute to their overall wellbeing - 25% above the average.  65% claimed their employers didn’t encourage upskilling or training (16% above the average).  Not surprisingly 90% of those in the retail sector who responded to the survey would like to change their career (15% above the average). 
Human Resources employees appear to be embracing flexible working with 54% of this group of employees valuing flexible working options over a payrise.  HR bosses seem to be more in touch with their staff since 72% HR employees claimed to have received regular feedback from their managers which is 9% more than the average.
More generally, 45% of the employees who responded to the research see a stigma attached to flexi-working.  “Presenteeism is still prevalent in many organisations with staff who are visible and present in the office being valued more than those who are based elsewhere” said Siobhan O’Shea.  Despite this, 43% of employees would prefer flexible working to a payrise. 

See the full results of our Q2 2018 Employment Monitor Survey, including analyses of jobs posted, and employer-jobseeker sentiment polls.

View the Full Report

Listen to Siobhan O Shea speak on Newstalk about Boredom in the Workplace
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