While little research on job boredom currently exists, most has focused on its connection to outcomes which are harmful to organizations. However, there is research that suggests boredom may have a positive relationship to creativity. The current study hypothesized that job boredom would be positively related to workplace creativity and that this relationship would be moderated by openness to experience. The current study also attempted to replicate previous research linking job boredom to counterproductive work behavior with boredom proneness as a moderator. Data were collected from 219 participants through a self-report survey on MTURK and analyzed with moderated regression analyses. Results showed a negative relationship between boredom and creativity and no moderation effect of openness. The results also found that boredom was related to counterproductive work behavior and that boredom proneness moderated this relationship such that it was stronger for those higher in boredom proneness. Limitations and implications of these relationships are discussed.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Sciences
Industrial Organizational Psychology
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Eid, Mitchell, "What Do You Do When You are Bored? Outcomes and Moderators of Job Boredom" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 40.