Monotony

Definition - What does Monotony mean?

Monotony can be physical or mental. In the physical world it is the repetition of the same movement over and over. It becomes a mechanical act that the individual does not have to think about. Factory workers performing the same task relentlessly can say their job is monotonous. In the workplace mental monotony can be performing the same task without thought to how it is being done. In either situation, monotony can drastically lower employee morale and increase the risk of accidents.

WorkplaceTesting explains Monotony

Monotony is a serious concern with regards to morale and accident risks. If someone has a monotonous routine, he may become tired, lethargic, and express a lack of creativity and enthusiasm. He may be in a rut, but the rut has become his comfort zone. Sometimes doing the same thing at the same time each and every day can become dangerous as well as boring.

There are people who sit at their desks and enter numbers and data into spreadsheets hour after hour without breaking their routines. The data entry is monotonous and is done without much independent thinking. The person who has this kind of job needs to stand and take breaks to beat the monotony and head off emotional stress and to maintain accuracy.

Most people will never be happy with a monotonous job. People need challenges and problems to solve on at least a basic level. By increasing work variety, employers can often increase productivity and morale.

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