35% of people in this country find their job to be “soul-crushing”

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Last in, first out? Calling in sick… constantly? Always procrastinating?

Open Study College commissioned a poll of 2,000 Brits carried out by OnePoll on their feelings about work, and boy were they in for a surprise.

Thirty-five percent of those polled describe their work as “soul-destroying,” with 30% finding it “utterly dull.” Nearly 6 in 10 said they had no plans for moving up in their current role.


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This, of course, is a source of worry. “We spend a huge amount of time at work so it’s important to be doing something you enjoy and get some satisfaction from,” said Samantha Rutter, CEO at Open Study College,

So why don’t respondents look for new work?

Well, some of them enjoyed the misery. A third described their current job as a “dead end,” but also admitted they didn’t mind it that way, because at least they knew what to expect.

A quarter thought they were unqualified for a more fulfilling job, while one in five said they were too lazy to make a change.

All this negativity was doing nothing for respondents’ personal lives: over half (56%) believed that if you had a boring job, it made you boring in everyday life as well.

To make things worse, it was estimated that the average British worker mentally checked out for the day at 12:47 p.m.

The only hope for recovering seemed to be learning new things and mixing it up.

“Sometimes simply learning a new part of the role or doing some extra training can really help boost what you get back from your job, making it feel like less of a chore,” Samantha Rutter from Open Study College.