Even if you have always considered “interesting and fulfilling jobs” to be luxury or people who quit their jobs because of job boredom to be capricious, you might need to rethink your point of view. Scientific research has provided evidence about the significance of finding a job that is fulfilling or at least that doesn’t bore you on a regular basis because job boredom affects people’s health and personal life negatively. And it turns out that job boredom has a bigger negative effect on some individuals than others.
So what kind of people are more negatively affected by job boredom? These are the people whose levels of extraversion and openness to experience are higher than in other people. Psychometric tests and Ayurveda tests can help you determine whether you fall into this category. If you like communicating with a lot of people, travelling, discovering things, being physically and mentally active, and if you tend to be more curious about life in general and search for purpose in the things you do, chances are you are one of these people. According to the ancient science of Ayurveda LINK), these individuals have more of the elements Air and Fire in themselves and less of the element Earth.
Searching for a meaningful job is becoming a wide-spreading trend. Nathaniel Koloc states in Harvard Business Review, “What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work”, that people crave purpose at work - an opportunity to provide meaning and fulfillment. He writes about a Price-Waterhouse study that found “engaged employees are 50% more productive and 33% more profitable. They are also responsible for 56% higher customer loyalty scores and correlated with 44% higher retention rates, leading to bigger gains in productivity over the long run.” That is why research on job boredom is important for companies too.