Bored employees misbehaving: The relationship between boredom and counterproductive work behaviour

Published on Apr 1, 2011in Work & Stress
· DOI :10.1080/02678373.2011.596670
Kari Bruursema5
Estimated H-index: 5
(MSU: Montclair State University),
Stacey R. Kessler9
Estimated H-index: 9
(MSU: Montclair State University),
Paul E. Spector83
Estimated H-index: 83
(USF: University of South Florida)
In this study, the relationships among boredom proneness, job boredom, and counterproductive work behaviour (CWB) were examined. Boredom proneness consists of several factors, which include external stimulation and internal stimulation. Given the strong relationships between both the external stimulation factor of boredom proneness (BP-ext) and anger as well as the strong relationship between trait anger and CWB, we hypothesized that examining BP-ext would help us to better understand why employees commit CWB. Five types of CWB have previously been described: abuse against others, production deviance, sabotage, withdrawal and theft. To those we added a sixth, horseplay. Using responses received from 211 participants who were recruited by email from throughout North America (112 of them matched with co-workers), we found support for our central premise. Indeed, both BP-ext and job boredom showed significant relationships with various types of CWB. The boredom proneness factor also moderated the relationshi...
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